“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.
Out With The Old, In With The New: Tax Cuts And Reforms That Look Out For Hardworking Taxpayers
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.”
TRUMP PENCE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
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 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.
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.
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.”
President Trump addresses the nation regarding the United States military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
April 13, 2028
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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 –
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy President’s Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Trump the orator outlines the greatness of America to Democrats’ disgust
By Charles Hurt – The Washington Times – Thursday, February 1, 2018
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.”
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.
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.’”
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.”
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.”
“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.
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.”
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.”
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].”
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.”
“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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address | January 30, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
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.”
Trump in Davos: ‘America is open for business’
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
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
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.
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.
Picture from Last Year – President Trump has many accomplishments in just a years time!
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!
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.
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:
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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!
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Our Current Immigration System Jeopardizes American Security
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.
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.
Trump Announces 2017 Fake News Award Winners
Infowars | Alex Jones | January 17, 2018
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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
White House Doctor: Donald Trump’s Excellent Health ‘Just How God Made Him’
January 16, 2018 | Breitbart
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
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
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.
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.
January 11, 2018
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
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.
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,
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.
Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Meeting on Immigration with Republican Members of the Senate
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.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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……….
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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Year One List: 81 major Trump achievements, 11 Obama legacy items repealed
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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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
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.
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 results help explain the GOP’s confident dismissal of the Democrats’ off-and-on threat to block the 2018 federal budget unless the GOP accepts the ‘Dream Act’ amnesty for 3 million illegals, including the 690,000 current ‘DACA beneficiaries.
Democrats and their ethnic allies are insisting on the passage of a “clean Dream Act” which would exclude any post-amnesty protections for Americans, such as a cap on the subsequent chain-migration of the illegals’ parents and foreign in-laws.
A government shutdown to win an amnesty “is a ridiculous idea” McConnell told ABC’s Sunday show, “This Week” on December 3. He continued;
There is no crisis. The president has given us until March to address the issue of undocumented children who came into the country — a very legitimate case here — here through no choice of their own, and are in a kind of difficult spot. But there’s no emergency. The president has given us to March to address it.
Polls show the GOP is in a strong position because business groups and Democrats embrace the misleading, industry-funded “nation of immigrants” polls which pressure Americans to say they welcome migrants. But alternative “fairness” polls show that voters put a much higher priority on helping their families, neighbors, and fellow nationals get decent jobs in a high-tech, high-immigration, low-wage economy. The political power of the voters’ fairness priorities was made clear during the GOP primaries and again in November 2016.
The Rasmussen poll is similar to the fairness polls because asks Americans to prioritize continued government operations or an amnesty for illegals. Unsurprisingly, the illegals lose the priority contest.
A second question in the Rasmusen poll asked a similar priority question: “How important is it to secure the border before dealing with the Dreamers question?” Forty-three percent said it is very important, while only 12 percent said it is not important. That’s 3.5:1 ratio in favor of the reform-before-amnesty strategy pushed by immigration reformers, such as the Center for Immigration Studies.
Democrats are expected to join Trump, McConnell and the House Speaker Ryan in the White House for budget talks on Thursday. Their return to budget talks will come 10 days after they walked out of talks on November 28, following Trump’s use of Twitter to ridicule their amnesty-or-shutdown demand.
The Democratic leaders, however, now face the difficult task of walking away from their shutdown threat without disappointing their pro-amnesty allies.
Many progressives are convinced the demand for a no-strings amnesty is popular, and pro-amnesty groups are scheduling protests and stunts in December to stampede GOP legislators into supporting the inclusion of an amnesty in the 2018 budget.
Similarly, the Washington Post reported December 4 that:
Through three presidents over a decade, young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” have emerged as a potent political force and the sympathetic public face of the immigration debate …
This month, the dreamers face the biggest test yet of their political clout — a make-or-break moment in their long path to the precipice of becoming fully legalized residents. A loss would mean a devastating return to living in the shadows and the perpetual fear of being deported …
“This is the moment,” said Cristina Jiménez, executive director and co-founder of United We Dream, the nation’s largest dreamer organization. The group is planning a major mobilization Wednesday in which thousands of members are expected to flock to Washington to lobby Congress.
The Washington Post article was written by David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe. The article does not describe the scale of the proposed amnesty, the financial cost or the impact on Americans’ ability to earn a good living. It also downplays questions about the depth of support among some GOP legislators for the huge Dream Act demand.
Meanwhile, McConnell and other GOP leaders are likely to propose a February deal which would offer some form of amnesty to some illegals in exchange for cuts to chain migration and other benefits for Americans. That debate is expected shortly after Christmas.
The road ahead for tax reform
1600 Daily, The White House
After a busy week of discussions and compromise, Senate Republicans backed up a major promise to the American people by passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act early Saturday morning.
The bill now advances to a congressional conference committee, which will reconcile any differences between the Senate’s version and similar legislation passed by the House last month. This process—an indispensable component of American democracy—will ensure that all voices are heard and that the final product sent to President Donald J. Trump later this month is the bill’s strongest version yet.
The President applauds the Senate for its work and looks forward to signing this momentous tax cut into law in time for Christmas.
What President Trump will tell Utah today
President Trump will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, today to deliver an important message at the State Capitol. In April, the President ordered an extensive review of all large federal land expansions made since 1996 under the Antiquities Act—a 1906 law intended to safeguard national monuments that’s become a pretext for massive federal land grabs.
That report will be released this week. When the President goes to Utah today, he will lay out his proclamation to modify the boundaries for both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments, explaining how certain past abuses of the Antiquities Act have harmed local communities.
It’s an important decision worth illuminating clearly. Here’s what the President’s proclamation does:
Corrects past federal overreach
Protects objects of national significance and prioritizes public access
Facilitates infrastructure upgrades and maintenance
Ensures tribal cultural use
Protects hunting and fishing rights
Here’s what it doesn’t do:
Sell public lands wholesale
Close or shrink national parks
Drill for oil in national parks
Leave tribal artifacts or fossils unprotected
December update on the President’s nominations
On Friday, President Trump sent 12 nominations to the Senate for approval, including Jeffrey DeWit of Arizona to be chief financial officer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, James Williams of Utah to be chief financial officer of the Department of Labor, and Mark Schneider of the District of Columbia to be director of the Institute of Education Science at the Department of Labor.
Last week, President Trump nominated respected monetary economist Marvin Goodfriend of Pennsylvania to become a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
President Trump is traveling to Utah today, where he will meet with leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before giving remarks at the Utah State Capitol this afternoon.
The President will host Senate leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House tomorrow, while Vice President Mike Pence travels to Capitol Hill to join the Senate Republican Policy Committee’s weekly lunch.
On Wednesday, the President will hold a meeting of his Cabinet at the White House.
It is Wonderful that President Trump is bringing Christmas and religion back to America❣
This was a Posting on Facebook today:
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Each element in the song is a code word for religious truth:
1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus.
2. The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.
3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
5. The five gold rings recall the Hebrew Torah (Law), or the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.
6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
7. The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.
9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
11. Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.
12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
This was a Facebook Posting last year. It still holds true as President instead of candidate.
May this prayer go viral for Donald Trump
Father God, we thank you for Mr. Trump. We ask Lord for a hedge of protection around him, his family, and his campaign. We pray that you anoint his steps, and every word from his mouth. Give him strength, clarity, wisdom, and boldness. Expose, strike down and destroy all evil enemies that would attempt to come against him in any way. Bless him, O Lord, and give him VICTORY in all battles that he may face. Father, turn America back to the only living God that has so richly blessed her, and on which this nation was founded. We give you all the praise, glory, and honor in Jesus Holy Name, we pray, Amen!
At Christmas tree lighting, President Trump revives the tradition’s religious spirit
DECEMBER 1, 2017 AT 12:28 PM ET BY THE WHITE HOUSE
On an unseasonably warm November 30, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participated in the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. With the White House’s south facade as the backdrop, spectators gathered on the Ellipse at President’s Park to watch musical performances from groups such as the Beach Boys and listen to remarks from the President on the spirit of Christmas.
With that, the National Christmas Tree sparked to life for the 2017 season.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting | November 30, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
The Christmas Story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all—the gift of God’s love for all of humanity.Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of his life forever changed the course of human history….
Posted by Donald J. Trump on Thursday, November 30, 2017
The tradition of the National Christmas Tree began in 1923, the year First Lady Grace Coolidge permitted District of Columbia Public Schools to display a Christmas tree on the Ellipse near the White House. It was a striking sight, standing 48-feet tall and sporting red, white, and green ornaments on its balsam fir branches.
The National Christmas Tree transformed into a real symbol of peace in 1954, when the Washington Board of Trade and the Washington Citizen’s Committee founded the “Christmas Pageant of Peace.” The pageant extended the tree-lighting celebration into a three-week event. That tradition continues today, when visitors during the Christmas season can walk “The Pathway of Peace,” which surrounds the National Christmas Tree with smaller trees representing 56 U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia.
Trump carried on the tradition of sharing hope and Christmas cheer with Americans of all faiths in his remarks this year. He also explained the importance of remembering the holiday’s religious character even as we celebrate its universal themes.
“The Christmas Story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all—the gift of God’s love for all of humanity,” the President said. “Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of his life forever changed the course of human history.”
The President also expressed thanks for a number of important people and institutions that bolster the quality of Americans’ lives today, including the military, law enforcement, community servants, and religious leaders.
He reserved special gratitude for what is perhaps the most crucial pillar of society. “Especially tonight, I thank America’s families. At Christmas we are reminded more than ever that the family is the bedrock of American life.”
Throughout the years, the Christmas tree lighting tradition has withstood the test of time and served as a symbol of hope through moments of hardship. In 1945, President Harry Truman delivered a Christmas message of optimism during a time consumed by the despair of World War II.
“This is the Christmas that a war-weary world has prayed for through long and awful years,” said Truman. “With peace come joy and gladness. The gloom of the war years fades as once more we light the National Community Christmas Tree.”
White House VA Hotline Now Fully Staffed and Operational Around the Clock to Serve Nation’s Veterans
November 29, 2017, va.gov
WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the White House VA Hotline, first launched in June as part of President Donald J. Trump’s commitment to reforming VA, is now fully staffed with live agents working to serve Veterans 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
The hotline, which became 24-hour operational in mid-October, is now staffed by a team consisting of 90 percent Veterans or employees who have a Veteran family member, and is in response to Veterans’ requests to talk to agents who could relate to their experiences.
“The White House VA Hotline provides our nation’s Veterans with a direct, dedicated contact line that allows them to interact with highly trained, live agents to answer their needs and concerns,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin.
“Since the initial launch of the hotline in June, we listened to our Veterans, who indicated that they prefer speaking with other Veterans and Veteran family members, and we adjusted our hiring based on that feedback,” added Shulkin.
“We’re proud that the hotline is now staffed 24/7 by a team of mostly Veterans or Veteran family members who have direct knowledge of their particular concerns and can use their experience to address them in the best way possible with the resources of the VA. This represents a true win-win for Veterans and their loved ones.”
Since 24/7 coverage began in October, the hotline has served more than 10,000 callers.
Hotline agents answer inquiries, provide directory assistance, document concerns about VA care, benefits and services, and expedite the referral and resolution of those concerns. Agents undergo regular updates and training on VA services based on hotline trends and are assisted by newly implemented tracking software to help VA capture and improve its response, referral and resolution processes to best support Veterans.
The hotline can be accessed at 855-948-2311 and is VA’s first non-clinical, non-emergency around-the-clock call center. It provides Veterans a supplemental option to report issues if they are not being addressed through VA’s normal customer service channels.
The hotline’s agents are located at a VA facility in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Agents have access to a multitude of resources and contact information to help Veterans. The hotline also generates real-time reports to VA experts who can help address the specific issues of Veterans as well as make better-informed decisions on where program improvements are needed.
First Lady Melania Trump Unveils Christmas at the White House 2017
The First Family will celebrate their first Christmas in the White House with a nod to tradition. This year’s theme, “Time-Honored Traditions” was designed by First Lady Melania Trump to pay respect to 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House.
In the East Wing, visitors find a tribute to our service members and their families with the Gold Star Family Tree, which has been decorated with gold stars and patriotic ribbon. Visitors are encouraged to write a message to their loved ones who are on duty or abroad on the digital tablets provided.
After passing through the East colonnade, visitors will see the China Room, which honors the holiday traditions of dining and hospitality. The room is set up for a family Christmas dinner, with the table displaying the china from President Ronald Reagan. Then, visitors will see the Library, which features President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1866 edition of “A Christmas Carol,” as they recall the time-honored custom of reading Christmas stories to loved ones.
On the State Floor of the White House, the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall celebrate the first themed White House Christmas, which was the “Nutcracker Suite” in 1961. The Green Room honors the festivities of crafts, paper, and classic design. The Blue Room holds the official White House Christmas tree, which is decorated with glass ornaments depicting the seal of each State and territory. The Red Room hosts delightful holiday treats, and has been decorated with peppermints, candy, and cookies. The State Dining Room holds a traditional gingerbread house, which depicts the South facade of the White House and features Mrs. Trump’s signature Christmas wreaths.
“The President, Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “As with many families across the country, holiday traditions are very important to us. I hope when visiting the People’s House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays. On behalf of my husband and Barron, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season.”
Throughout the month of December, the White House will host more than 100 open houses and many receptions. More than 25,000 visitors will walk the halls taking part in public tours.
Conservatives See Donald Trump Reviving Constitutional Government
America may soon have a judiciary, Congress, and administration that are more aligned with constitutional principles than they have been in decades, allowing government officials, legal scholars, and lawyers to plan ahead for government under a reinvigorated Constitution.
The United States has not had unified conservative government since the 1920s. In 1929, moderate Republican Herbert Hoover became president, the stock market crashed mere months later, and Hoover’s moderate policies shoved the heavily leveraged American economy further underwater and held it there, inaugurating the Great Depression.
Democrats seized both chambers of Congress, and liberal Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to power after the 1932 election. The Supreme Court started a leftward swing in 1934, which was the last year that America had a Court majority that consistently interpreted the Constitution according to its original public meaning.
A unified Democratic government passed sweeping legislation and created vast new federal agencies with unprecedented power over the lives of American citizens and businesses. Congress also delegated vast legislative powers to executive agencies in a manner that lawyers have a difficult time squaring with the Constitution’s separation of powers.
The Supreme Court marched leftward each year during this time, abandoning the original meaning of the Constitution’s Contracts Clause in 1934, the Tax Clause in 1936, the Spending Clause and the Commerce Clause (the “big ones”) in 1937, along with deviating from the Tenth Amendment during those years.
Throughout the subsequent eight decades, America vacillated between moderate and liberal governments, but never conservative. The only conservative chief executive during those years, President Ronald Reagan, was saddled with Democratic control of the U.S. House of Representatives during all eight years of his presidency, and so never had the votes to pass fundamental-change legislation that he advocated as a candidate. And while President Reagan appointed some acclaimed originalists to the judiciary during his tenure, a conservative bench proved to be too large of a task for a single presidency.
There has never been a working conservative majority among the elected branches of the federal government to roll back this massive expansion of federal power since its inception, and 80 years of legislation and administrative actions that departed from the Constitution have never been reviewed by a conservative Supreme Court.
During these many years, most of the fights over liberty have been about the meaning and scope of enumerated rights in the Constitution, such as free speech, religious liberty, and the Second Amendment, rather than the enumerated powers in the Constitution, the specific authorities that government properly wields, and the limits to those powers.
Now a revolution in America’s form of government is underway. The jury is still out on whether conservativism can overcome establishment forces among congressional Republicans and in administrative agencies, but even if it does not, President Trump’s judicial appointments are creating the most conservative federal bench in decades, which in some cases may trump the elected branches.
The odds are that by the end of President Trump’s current term, America will have its first conservative Supreme Court majority since before World War II, during the Great Depression. That fact has profound implications for the size and scope of government.
That was central to the theme of the 2017 Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention in Washington, DC in November: “Administrative Agencies and the Regulatory State.” Speeches and presentations given by speakers including Justice Neil Gorsuch, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, White House Counsel Don McGahn, and a host of other public officials made clear that many currently in power are willing to take a hard look at governmental programs and functions that have been unchecked since their creation years ago. And analysis by academics and top litigators explored serious policy and legal theories of what could be achieved in a conservative environment.
Equally fascinating with the Trump administration’s rightward trajectory is the massive pushback from the Left, including unprecedented obstruction in all three branches of government.
In the Constitution’s Article I branch, Congress, Senate Democrats are engaged in unprecedented obstruction against legislation and attempts to derail or slow-walk President Trump’s executive and judicial nominees, often voting along party lines against the confirmation of nominees who would have been confirmed almost unanimously just a decade ago.
In the executive branch, the Deep State consisting of countless nameless, faceless bureaucrats are either out of step with the duly elected president or even in open defiance of him. Article II of the Constitution specifies that all executive power in the federal government resides in the president, and everyone else in that branch should serve as his agents to implement that power consistent with the president’s agenda.
And in the Article III branch, the judiciary, federal judges at the trial level and appellate level are taking extraordinary measures in their efforts to stymie President Trump. District court judges are issuing nationwide injunctions against the president’s policies, when such orders are usually extremely rare, and issued only when they are absolutely necessary to give the plaintiff in the case complete relief for his alleged injury. And courts are vastly expanding their own purported powers in policy areas like immigration to block policies that the judges disagree with on a personal level.
With the Trump presidency, America is at a fork in the road. If President Trump achieves what he needs over the next year in terms of deregulation, executive action, trade, and especially judicial appointments, then with one or two legislative accomplishments (such as taxes and infrastructure) he could be well positioned for major pickups in the 2018 midterm elections that would enable him to achieve his entire first-term agenda going into the 2020 election contest.
By that time, the country could well have a judiciary that will restore meaningful constitutional principles on the separation of powers between governmental branches, limited federal power over the states and the people, restoring liberties such as free speech, religious freedom, the right to bear arms, and a proper application of criminal procedural rights, and appropriate limits to congressional statutes over commerce, the environment, and other policy areas.
Should these efforts be successful, then Americans in the next decade might experience what constitutional government looks like in the twenty-first century.
Ken Klukowski is senior legal editor for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.
Fox News Voices:
“Things are getting demonstrably better in big ways and in small, and it is shameful and it is biased that these presidential accomplishments get so little coverage.”
On “The Ingraham Angle,” Laura Ingraham discussed President Donald J. Trump’s accomplishments during his first year as president.
“Things are getting demonstrably better in big ways and in small, and it is shameful and it is biased that these presidential accomplishments get so little coverage.” On “The Ingraham Angle,” Laura Ingraham discussed President Donald J. Trump's accomplishments during his first year as president.
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West Wing Reads, November 22, 2017
Capitol Hill Moves to Include More than $1 Billion in Funding for the Southern Border Wall
GOP includes money for Trump’s border wall in Senate spending bill
People look at prototypes of a border wall Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in San Diego. Contractors have completed eight prototypes of President Donald Trump proposed border wall with Mexico, triggering a period of rigorous testing to determine if they can repel sledgehammers, torches, pickaxes and battery-operated tools. (AP Photo/Elliott Spagat)
By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Senate Republicans included $1.6 billion for the first installment of President Trump’s border wall in the new homeland security spending bill they released Tuesday, keeping the president’s marquee immigration promise on track.
While avoiding the term “wall,” the Senate bill calls for $1.6 billion in funding for “physical barriers” and border roads — matching Mr. Trump’s original request for money to build or repair fencing along 74 more miles of the U.S.-Mexico line.
The homeland security measure is one of a series of spending bills the GOP released Tuesday as they geared up for an end-of-year battle over 2018 funding.
“This legislation will help enhance border security, provide relief from natural disasters, and help adapt to evolving threats against our country,” said Sen. John Boozman, Arkansas Republican and chairman of the subcommittee that oversees homeland security money. Mr. Trump had requested money to build new fencing in one part of Texas, to erect new levee wall along the Rio Grande in another part of Texas, and then to repair old fencing in San Diego.
The House has already passed a security-spending bill with the money.
But Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat and vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, called inclusion of the wall money a mistake. “This is bumper sticker budgeting to save face for one of President Trump’s failed campaign promises,” he said.
He said the money could have gone to education, food assistance for the poor, new infrastructure or other needs he said were more pressing.
Mr. Leahy also blasted the process Republicans used, saying that if they’d actually put the bills through committee he would have had a chance to offer an amendment delaying wall construction until Mexico agreed to pay for it — as Mr. Trump had repeatedly promised during the campaign.
The president still insists Mexico will foot the bill, but he has not officially proposed any methods to make that happen, and Mexico is adamant that it won’t pay.
Putting the money in bills that will go directly to the Senate floor also likely leaves senators with a take-it-or-leave-it decision, which could give even some anti-wall Republicans protection to vote for the broader spending bill that includes the wall money.
Eight prototypes for new wall designs have been built and are being tested along the border in San Diego, but it’s unclear what role they’ll play in future construction. Customs and Border Protection officials have said the designs are intended to learn from.
The administration has also been reluctant to provide a vision for the wall, saying instead that it will make requests each year based on the most urgent needs Border Patrol agents identify.
That’s frustrated both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, who say before money is shelled out Mr. Trump should say how much fencing he eventually wants to build, and where
The White House | Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release | November 20, 2017
The Wall Street Journal: “Reducing Corporate Tax Games”
“The GOP reforms would help the economy and make it harder for corporations to avoid paying taxes.”
Reducing Corporate Tax Games
Editorial | The Wall Street Journal | November 19, 2017
Liberals are denouncing Republican tax reform as a giveaway to big corporations, as they always do. But the irony is that the Senate and House bills would do far more to stop corporate tax gaming than anything the Obama Administration did in eight years. This includes preventing tax avoidance, levelling the tax field for U.S. multinationals, and stopping corporate inversions.
Start with cutting the corporate rate to 20% from 35%, which in a stroke offers less incentive for companies to move capital, income and intellectual property out of the U.S. to lower tax climes.
Both Senate and House bills move to a territorial system that exempts most foreign income from taxation.
The best tool to prevent base erosion is a low rate.
The House and Senate bills would impose an effective 10% rate on intangible property of U.S. multinationals that is held overseas. In return, U.S. companies like Apple and Google would be able to repatriate their income tax free.
Both bills would also prevent foreign multinationals from abusing “transfer pricing”—that is, inflating the price that their U.S. affiliates pay to license IP in order to shift profits overseas.
Both bills also include measures to prevent companies from loading up on debt in the U.S. (where interest is deductible) to capitalize foreign companies. The Senate establishes a slightly stricter limit on interest deductibility on debt that is issued to foreign affiliates, but both bills would curb the practice of earnings stripping that the Obama Administration sought late last year to stop with regulations.
We report all this because you’d think from the press coverage that corporate tax reform is all about enriching a few CEOs. The truth is that it’s a serious attempt to fix a broken U.S. code that has festered for years and made America increasingly uncompetitive as a destination for mobile global capital. The GOP reforms would help the economy and make it harder for corporations to avoid paying taxes.
North Korea listed as a state sponsor of terror
President Trump on Monday announced that his administration has re-designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, a move aimed at increasing pressure on Pyongyang a decade after the George W. Bush administration removed the rogue nation from the list.
Trump made his decision public during a brief photo op at a Cabinet meeting, calling it “a very critical step” that “should’ve happened a long time ago.” The president cited assassinations by dictator Kim Jong Un’s regime carried out on foreign soil, as well as the treatment of American college student Otto Warmbier, who died in June days after he was released in a coma by the North after spending 17 months in captivity.
Trump vowed that Pyongyang will face further sanctions in the near future and that this will be the “highest level of sanctions by the time it’s finished.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders amplified the message on Twitter.
The White House had signaled during Trump’s Asia trip this month that the president was likely to make the designation. The North spent 10 years on that list before being removed in 2008 by the Bush administration for meeting nuclear inspection requirements. Pyongyang later violated the agreement.
In a speech to the South Korean national assembly two weeks ago, Trump cited atrocities carried out by the Kim regime and called the North “a hell that no person deserves.” Among other acts, Kim’s regime stands accused of carrying out the assassination of his half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, with a deadly nerve agent at a Malaysian airport in February.
Iran, Sudan and Syria also are on the list, which is administered by the State Department. According to that agency, sanctions for those nations on the list include “restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.”
Last month, a bipartisan group of House members wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to add North Korea to the list, citing the deaths of Warmbier and Kim Jong Nam.
“Such acts are not isolated events, but part of a consistent pattern by the Kim regime,” stated the letter, signed by Rep. Edward Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the committee’s ranking Democrat, among others.
Michael Green, who served as senior Asia director at the National Security Council under Bush from 2001-2005, said the removal of the North from the terror-sponsor list was “very controversial” and turned out to be a “crappy deal” that Pyongyang quickly violated. He added that the Japanese government had lobbied the Bush administration not to remove the North in 2008 until Pyongyang brought resolution to Tokyo’s claims that the North had kidnapped at least 17 Japanese citizens in the 1970s.
During his visit to Tokyo two weeks ago, Trump met with families of the dozen Japanese abductees whose cases have not been resolved.
“Putting them back on the list is important symbolically as a demonstration of good faith with Japan,” Green said of North Korea. “It also helps add spin on the ball with sanctions overall.”
Carol Morello contributed to this report.
David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.
The President’s Weekend Briefing – November 18, 2017
REAL NEWS PRESIDENT TRUMP
DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS
Almost 300 MS-13 Gang Members Arrested in Nationwide Bust. – The Washington Free Beacon
Under the leadership of President Trump, the Department of Justice, and the FBI, “Operation: Raging Bull” led to the arrest of nearly 300 members and associates of the infamous transnational gang MS-13, making the country safer by taking these criminals off the streets for good.
On Tax Reform, This Communications Giant Puts $1B Where Its Mouth Is
– The Daily Signal
Last week AT&T announced it “has committed to investing $1 billion in the economy if Congress cuts corporate taxes.” With these tax cuts—combined with the President’s efforts to cut job-killing regulations—our country is poised for historic economic growth.
Republicans Just Took Another Huge Step Forward on Their Tax-Cut Plan
– Business Insider
On Thursday evening, the Senate Finance Committee passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “advancing it to the Senate floor for consideration by the full chamber.”
House Passes Its Version of Tax Reform
– The New York Post
The House easily passed “a sweeping Republican tax bill that cuts taxes for corporations and many people.” The House voted 227-205 to approve the bill, and the victory advances a hopeful end-of-the-year legislative achievement for President Trump.
President Trump Prays with Oklahoma Softball Team on Day NCAA Champs Visit White House. – The New York Daily News
On Friday, President Trump welcomed 18 NCAA championship teams to the White House and congratulated them on their success. At one point during the event “joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Trump bowed his head in prayer along with members of the Oklahoma softball team.”
3 UCLA Basketball Players Thank Donald Trump, Apologize for Shoplifting in China
– Associated Press
After the President intervened on their behalf with China’s President Xi, the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China thanked the President for his efforts to help them come home.
Commerce Secretary Ross: U.S. Has Leverage to Pressure Mexico, Canada in NAFTA Talks
– The Wall Street Journal
In New York City, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross talked about the tough ongoing NAFTA negotiations, suggesting the “U.S. can pressure Mexico and Canada into big concessions because they have more to lose if the pact collapses.”
Report Shows Decrease in Opioid-Related Deaths in Massachusetts
– CBS Boston
“Just a few weeks after President Trump declared a public emergency with the opioid crisis,” a new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health shows a decrease in opioid-related overdose deaths across the state.
Pence Trying to Fast-Track U.S. Help to Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, Other Religious Minorities
– The Washington Free Beacon
In a White House meeting with top senior administration officials and diplomats, Vice President Pence promised that “help is on the way” for persecuted “Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Iraq who are victims of genocide perpetuated by the Islamic State.”
Airstrikes Kill Four Senior ISIS Leaders
– The Washington Examiner
After President Trump’s vow to strike ISIS “10 times harder” following recent attacks, four senior Islamic State leaders have been killed over the past three weeks.
ICE: 25 Arrested in Crackdown on Long Island – Newsday
In New York, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 25 people sought for deportation, 24 of which had prior convictions for operation of a motor vehicle while drunk or impaired by drugs.
24 Hours After Trump Frees Basketball Players from 10 Yr Chinese Prison Sentence, Look What Racist NBA Did
November 15, 2017 | on Facebook by enomerica
President Donald Trump has just returned home from a very lengthy and successful trip to Asia where he accomplished a lot, including one monumental task that nobody was expecting. Proving that he’s the master of the deal and concerned for every American, regardless of skin color or if they voted for him, he went out of his way to get three UCLA basketball players released from Chinese “house arrest” after they were accused of shoplifting sunglasses and faced a 10 year prison sentence for it. This is something his predecessor never attempted for any American captive and wouldn’t be able to accomplish if he had bothered to try.
It’s no secret that many professional sports players are not Trump fans but that hasn’t stopped the president from being the leader he promised he would be for the American people. No matter how many leftists and athletes trash him, call him racist, and make other disparaging remarks about him, he’ll still show up and save who or what needs to be saved, proving them wrong every time regardless of whether they acknowledge it or not. Every American clearly matters to Trump more than they did to Barack Hussein Obama, who left North Korean captive Otto Warmbier to die days after being released from captivity, the Guardian reported.
In a sharp contrast from Trump’s treatment of three American college kids imprisoned overseas, Warmbier, also an American student, was only released once he had reached a vegetative state and was near death. He was unfortunate to be held on Obama’s watch who forgot about him or simply couldn’t be bothered, which led to him being beaten into a coma. Sick of caring for him in this condition and not wanting to claim responsibility for Warmier’s physical state, North Korea finally released him – no thanks to anything Obama did who stood by while this student was abused to death.
It’s refreshing to have a Commander-in-Chief who cares and would never allow that to happen to any American, as he just proved. His actions of negotiating the release of these college basketball players proved his character as a leader. As UCLA teammates Jalen Hill, Cody Riley, and LiAngelo Ball were on their way back to the U.S. just an hour or so after Trump worked the deal of their lifetime, their professional basketball counterparts were playing an NBA game and had an interesting way of “thanking” Trump for what he did for these three players.
NBA star for the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving, has been an outspoken professional basketball player for the protests he’s seen happen in the National Football League. He made a lengthy statement on the matter in September, supporting players’ message in kneeling and their right to do that, according to his statements published by MassLive. However, after seeing what Trump did for these UCLA players, he showed up with a surprise on the court Tuesday night, at his game against the New Jersey Nets, and took the whole arena by complete surprise.
Sports Illustrated reports:
A masked Kyrie Irving returned to the court Tuesday night to help the Celtics beat the Nets 109-102, giving Boston its thirteenth straight victory after an 0-2 start.
After this latest victory, Kyrie Irving found two women in uniform who serve in the military and gave one his game-worn jersey and the other his shoes. As you’d might expect, they were really pumped. (Pictures above)
It’s impossible to not smile after you see and hear the genuine joy in their voices.
Veterans Day may have been Saturday, but every day is a good day to show active military personnel and veterans love.
It’s a pretty spectacular move in what’s been a fairly racist league that almost took after the NFL, but this shows genuine appreciation for those who serve our country. In a silent sort of way, it shows a little love for our president who wants to see these sports stars respect our military members, both past and current. Most sports stars who still protest today, despite the overwhelming damage it has done to their industry, are not doing it out of the original principle of bringing attention to injustices – they are doing it just to spite our president who is outspoken on the matter, especially after Tweeting that anyone who kneels should be fired. Trump is already making a major difference in this country that Obama never could, since he’s leading by example to bring about the change and unity he wants to see in this country.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” This is what Irving did when he brought love and appreciation to Service Members on the court and set an example of what making a real difference looks like. If you want change, be the change without disrespecting people, our military, and our country in trying to achieve it.
It looks like we are finally on the cusp of tax reform
By John Fund | Fox News | November 16, 2017
Dan Mitchell has been waiting a long time for tax reform. In 1986, he was a young free-market economist working for Senator Bob Packwood, the Finance Committee chairman who helped carry Ronald Reagan’s bold tax reform across the finish line into law. The lower rates and simplified tax code embodied in that law set the stage for the economic growth of the 1990s.
Since then, the tax code has once again become encrusted with special interest barnacles and higher tax rates.
Today, after the House’s historic vote on the first significant tax reform, Mitchell told me: “While I favor a flat tax, the House bill significantly cuts U.S. corporate tax rates — currently the highest I the world — and reduces distortions in the tax code. Tax reform is closer to reality now than it’s been since the 1980s.”
The House bill will now go over to the Senate, which has to pass its own version and then reconcile it with the House bill before anything reaches President Trump’s desk for his signature. That’s a lot of moving parts and much can go wrong, but it looks as if we are on the cusp of real tax reform.
If the opposition to tax reform were a movie it would be dubbed “Revenge of the Swamp Creatures.”
The three major elements of both the House and Senate bill are:
. A reduction in the number of tax rates from seven to four, with most Americans put into lower tax brackets than they are now. The standard deduction would be doubled, meaning some 90 percent of tax filers would be able to use the simplified standard form.
· A sharp reduction in the amount of double taxation of business so as to enable more saving and investment.
· An end to many preferences in the tax code — such as the deduction for state and local taxes — that currently creates irrational decision making thereby encouraging states to spend more — and distort policy.
The reason why those goals have been so difficult to achieve in the last 30 years is that special interests are very good at guarding their own part of the tax code turf.
Realtors, home builders, mortgage lenders, charities, state governments all threaten members of Congress with punishment if they vote to disrupt their privileges.
Campaign contributions will flow to opponents of reform. If the opposition to tax reform were a movie it would be dubbed “Revenge of the Swamp Creatures.”
Justin Fox, a columnist for Bloomberg, notes that while many of the tax preferences embedded in our code are there to help a special interest, they are a real net drag on the overall economy. They also don’t really make as much difference to the special interests as they think. Fox writes: “If these tax breaks had never become law, no one would really miss them. Houses might cost a bit less. College might be slightly cheaper. Income tax rates might be a little lower. The economy might run a little bit more smoothly.”
But study after study shows the distortions of all these provisions drag down our economy overall. Ultimately, unless there is a sea change in the willingness to cut government spending, the only way we’re going to pay for the Social Security and other entitlement spending future generations are expecting is to stimulate economic growth. A simpler, fairer tax code is a big part of getting that growth.
If we don’t pass tax reform this year, the moment may be lost for years or even decades. Remember, it’s been 30 years since the last big reform. Can our nation and our children and grandchildren afford that delay?
Vietnam veteran cries on President Trump’s shoulder after speaking about his fallen comrades
By Emily Crane For Daily Mail on
November 13, 2017
*Max Morgan stood beside Donald Trump in Danang, Vietnam on Friday as the President marked his first Veterans Day in office
*Trump went to Danang, the site of a US air base, and met with seven veterans.
*He encouraged the veterans to speak and many of them praised Trump, including Morgan who began to cry as he talked about fallen veterans.
*Trump, who at times appears to struggle to display empathy, reached out to hug a crying Morgan. They embraced for a few moments as Trump clapped the vet on the back.
A Vietnam veteran broke down and began crying on President Donald Trump’s shoulder after speaking about his fallen comrades.
Max Morgan stood beside Trump in Danang, Vietnam on Friday as the President marked his first Veterans Day in office.
Trump had traveled to Danang, the site of an American air base during the war, and met with seven vets who had returned to the country where they lost comrades.
Saluting the American veterans, Trump said: ‘I got to know them for a few minutes upfront, and they are definitely tough, smart cookies. We like them. I think they like me too.’
He then encouraged the veterans, organized by a group called The Greatest Generation Foundation, to speak.
Several praised Trump, including Morgan, who began to cry as he talked about fallen veterans.
‘Mr President, from my heart, thank you for your support of the military, and it’s an honor to be here as one of seven Vietnam veterans representing the 58,000 heroes who never made it home,’ said Morgan, of Santa Clarita, California.
Trump signed a proclamation as Morgan and his fellow vets watched on that honored Vietnam War veterans, calling them ‘the heroes who fulfill your duty to our nation.’
President Donald J. Trump Is Putting Our Veterans First
“We will not rest until all of America’s great veterans can receive the care they so richly deserve. Tremendous progress has been made in a short period of time.” – President Donald J. Trump
YEARS OF SCANDAL: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has suffered from years of scandal that have shown the need for providing our veterans with more support.
• In 2014, it was revealed that dozens of veterans died while waiting for diagnosis and treatment at the Phoenix, Arizona VA Medical Center.
• As part of the scandal, it was revealed that VA kept unofficial wait lists and manipulated wait time data throughout the VA system, at times resulting in significant delays in veterans receiving the care that they deserve.
• VA’s Inspector General has completed more than 100 criminal investigations related to wait times and is aggressively pursuing accountability for those responsible.
INITIATING CRITICAL REFORMS: President Donald J. Trump is bringing urgently needed accountability and reform to the VA.
• The Trump Administration has enforced strict accountability standards for VA personnel, with over 1163 employees fired, 387 suspended, and 61 demoted as of November 7, 2017.
o 15 senior VA officials have been disciplined for failing to provide our veterans with an adequate standard of care.
• The President’s Executive Order on Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection has initiated critical transparency reforms, including establishment of a VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.
• President Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, further establishing additional safeguards to protect whistleblowers, and enabling the VA to fire failing employees.
• Secretary Shulkin has expanded access to urgent mental healthcare to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) discharges.
• The White House has opened a brand new VA Hotline staffed principally by veterans and direct family members of veterans to ensure that no complaint goes unaddressed.
MODERNIZING AND EXPANDING CHOICE: President Trump believes that our veterans deserve the best healthcare in the world, and is working to bring the Department of Veterans Affairs up to modern standards.
• President Trump and Secretary Shulkin have announced three important initiatives to expand healthcare access for our veterans through technological innovation.
o An expansion of the VA’s “Anywhere to Anywhere” healthcare, allowing VA providers to use tele-health technology to remotely treat veterans’ regardless of geographic location.
o Greater adoption of VA Video Connect, an application for mobile phones and computers allowing veterans and healthcare providers to directly connect from anywhere in the country.
o A rollout at over 100 VA sites across the nation of the new Online Scheduling Tool, which allows veterans to schedule appointments from their mobile devices or computers.
• President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, taking action to streamline the appeals process for disability compensation claims within the VA.
o More than 470,000 veterans are awaiting pending decisions regarding their appeals.
• 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).
o The VCP gives eligible veterans the choice of private care if they live more than 40 miles from the closest eligible VA facility, face 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).
o 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.
• The VA has launched its “Access and Quality Tool,” allowing veterans to see on-line the wait times at VA locations, as well as important quality-of-care data.
EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS: President Trump is taking action to expand opportunities for veterans after they leave military service.
• President Trump signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, an important step in providing our nation’s heroes with the support they’ve earned for risking their lives to ensure the freedoms of all Americans.
o The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides educational benefits to eligible veterans, service members, and their family members, including tuition, fees, books, housing, and other additional costs.
o A 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits has been lifted, with additional veterans being added to the list of those who qualify for the program.
• Veterans have the lowest unemployment rate since 2000, at 2.7 percent. This is 1.6 percentage points lower than the 4.3 percent experienced in October 2016.
o Veterans leaving active service after September 2001 have the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for this group at 3.6 percent.
HONORING OUR HEROES: President Trump is working on behalf of a grateful nation to ensure that our veterans are properly recognized for their service and sacrifice.
• President Trump has presented the Medal of Honor to Specialist Five James C. McCloughan and Captain Gary M. Rose, two veterans who have demonstrated the highest levels of bravery, heroism, and sacrifice in defense of our nation.
• President Trump has signed legislation to remember and recognize America’s veterans.
o He signed S.J. Res 1 approving the location of a memorial for service during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield.
o He signed S.305, the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act.
ONE YEAR AGO TODAY – November 8, 2016
Mr. Donald J. Trump wins the Election
For the President of the United States
ONE YEAR AGO – November 8, 2016
President Trump Restores Key Alliances
The White House West Wing Reads
“TRUMP SHOWS AMERICA IS THROUGH
BEING A CHUMP IN ASIA”
Christian Whiton, Fox News
As President Trump makes his first official trip to East Asia, one crucial development is clear to those who look closely: America and its allies are through being chumps. This simple change in course—missed by a media and policy elite blinded by its hatred of Trump—will reverse trends that have been running against the free world in Asia.
In South Korea, Trump will give a major speech that is clear about the consequences for North Korea as it threatens our allies and us. Twenty-five years of failed policy toward Pyongyang through administrations of both parties are over. The free world is through playing the patsy.
In China, Trump will make it clear in private that we will no longer accept Beijing’s unfulfilled promises about pressuring its client state in North Korea to reform. He has conveyed as much publicly on Twitter. We will judge Beijing by its actions—especially whether it really curbs its still-massive trade relationship with Pyongyang. In public, the atmospherics will be more cordial, with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross along to ink business deals.
In Vietnam at a multinational economic conference, Trump will be a voice for fair trade that doesn’t disadvantage America. No longer will Washington cut deals that export U.S. manufacturing jobs to poor countries and enable China’s systematic theft of U.S. intellectual property.
In the Philippines, Trump will pursue common interests in containing China and thwarting resurgent Islamists across maritime Southeast Asia. Other members of the U.S. delegation will privately convey concerns about human rights while Trump builds a relationship with Rodrigo Duterte, the eccentric president with an anti-U.S. but pragmatic background.
In Japan, where Trump is concluding his first of five stops in Asia, one of the by-products of his first year as president is increasingly apparent. A recently reelected Shinzo Abe—Japan’s most powerful prime minister in decades—continues to normalize Tokyo’s political and defense postures so they resemble those of other key allies. Japan already pays $1.6 billion annually to defray the costs of U.S. forces stationed here, and Abe wants to buy offensive missiles and missile-defense systems from America—something to which Trump will likely agree. Trump will also encourage Abe’s effort to make Japan’s pacifist postwar constitution more flexible to defend against China and North Korea.
The Japanese prime minister has communicated the clearest description of the new allied approach to North Korea: that Pyongyang must be pressured to come to the negotiating table as a supplicant who has all but cried uncle. Barring that, the allies will not attempt, yet again, to buy off North Korea from a position of weakness or desperation. This new approach is the strongest allied policy in Asia since the Cold War.
Abe deserves credit for his leadership, but change to this degree would not have been possible without strong backing from the American president. Nor would the leftwing government in South Korea have been deterred from its natural inclination to appease North Korea and negotiate at any price were it not for the strong, plain-spoken man occupying the Oval Office.
Throughout the trip, Trump will continue to build out his restoration of America’s traditional foreign policy—which forcefully advocates our key security and economic interests while avoiding sideshow entanglements and antagonisms. Trump has also restored our key alliances with countries that matter the most. What this restoration does is give our allies the political space they need to be good allies—on clear display as the U.S., Japan, and South Korea act in unison. (On the other side of world, we see this same dynamic at play with the Saudi crown prince’s recently stated decision to turn against the Islamists.)
Of course, there is more to this foreign policy than stern verbiage about defense and diplomacy. Unlike tough talk from his predecessors, including the supposed military pivot to Asia of the early Obama years, when in fact our navy and air force were being hollowed, allies now see clearly that our economy and military will grow much stronger under Trump. Not coincidentally, three aircraft carriers, each a symbol of American military might, are present in the Pacific for the first time since 2007 during Trump’s trip.
U.S. economic growth steadily above 3 percent also helps after a lost decade of economic stagnation. If sustained, it will make Trump’s 2020 reelection all but inevitable and further augment his ability to shape the world. All of these are real-world factors that make Trump’s words matter more than those of his predecessors.
These developments are noticed in Asia by those who are our friends and those who are not. The free world is coming back in the Pacific with restored confidence and capability.
This was a Facebook Posting last year. It still holds true as President instead of candidate.
May this prayer go viral for Donald Trump:
Father God, we thank you for Mr. Trump. We ask Lord for a hedge of protection around him, his family, and his campaign. We pray that you anoint his steps, and every word from his mouth. Give him strength, clarity, wisdom, and boldness. Expose, strike down and destroy all evil enemies that would attempt to come against him in any way. Bless him, O Lord, and give him VICTORY in all battles that he may face. Father, turn America back to the only living God that has so richly blessed her, and on which this nation was founded. We give you all the praise, glory, and honor in Jesus Holy Name, we pray, Amen!
President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month
NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MONTH, 2017
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
National Entrepreneurship Month celebrates one of our Nation’s proudest qualities: our innovative, hardworking, entrepreneurial spirit. American entrepreneurs invent and sell fascinating and endlessly useful new products and services, creating millions of jobs and driving American global leadership along the way. This month, we emphasize the importance of creating and maintaining an economic and regulatory environment that helps new businesses thrive and inspires generations of entrepreneurs for the future.
America to be the land of opportunity, we must ensure that entrepreneurs have access to the capital, markets, and networks they need to get off the ground, to finance and build helpful innovations, and to export their products and services around the world. My Administration will continue its work to eliminate unnecessary, burdensome regulations and to fight for a simpler, fairer tax code that eases burdens on doing business and enhances access to capital. We want entrepreneurs to spend less time dealing with red tape and more time growing their businesses.
The American Dream should be within reach of all those who work hard. For too long, women, despite hard work and a drive to succeed, faced significant barriers in achieving their economic vision. Today, we celebrate that women entrepreneurs are growing their businesses all over the country. The number of women‑owned firms is growing much faster than the national average for all firms. Our Nation has more than 11 million women-owned businesses that employ nearly 9 million people and generate more than $1 trillion in revenue. My Administration is committed to expanding opportunities for women entrepreneurs, including by expanding women’s access to needed capital and networks, because our economy and our communities thrive when women are empowered.
For our entrepreneurs to thrive, we must protect their innovations, which are the result of their long hours of work and years of training. My Administration is committed to ensuring that American and global intellectual property regimes firmly protect American innovations at home and abroad. Our entrepreneurs have already done great things with that research and innovation — like bringing us the smartphones that connect us more closely, the medicine that keeps us and our loved ones healthy for longer than ever before, and the myriad other technologies that make our lives better, at home and at work. Our researchers deserve their investments of time and effort — their property — to be protected against theft and unfair practices.
Entrepreneurship has played an important part of my life and the lives of my family members. I know that starting and growing a business takes tremendous grit and that facing the unknown requires determination. I also know that taking on that risk makes our Nation and our world a better place. Entrepreneurship is the fuel of our Nation’s economic engine, and this month, I call upon Americans to recognize the entrepreneurs who strengthen our economy, drive creativity, and increase the vibrancy of our great Nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities and to celebrate November 21, 2017, as National Entrepreneurs’ Day.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
thirty-first day of October, 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
“GOP UNVEILS MASSIVE TAX CUT PLAN”
Alex Seitz-Wald and Leigh Ann Caldwell, NBC News
NBC News reports on the introduction of the GOP tax legislation that kick-starts an aggressive timeline to pass tax reform before the end of the year. According to a summary of the plan, the bill would reduce the number of tax brackets, raise the standard deduction for individuals and married couples, cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, eliminate the estate tax after six years, repeal the deduction for state and local income taxes, limit the deduction for property taxes to $10,000, and expand the child tax credit to $1,600, among many other items designed to reform America’s tax code. Seitz-Wald and Caldwell report that Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) said passing the bill would be a way to “show the American people that the GOP can deliver on its promises,” while House Speaker Paul Ryan stated the bill will save “a typical family of four as much as $1,182 a year.”
WASHINGTON — House Republicans unveiled their long-awaited tax cut legislation on Thursday, kicking off a fight that many in the GOP believe they must win to preserve their congressional majorities in the midterm elections next year.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and GOP tax writers put forward a bill that would trim the number of tax brackets, while raising the standard deduction from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and from $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is subject to change and faces lingering questions of how it will be paid for, would cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent, while eliminating the estate tax after six years.
The bill also repeals the deduction for state and local income taxes while limiting the deduction for property taxes to $10,000, preserves pre-tax 401(k)s and IRAs, and expands the child tax credit from $1,000 to $1,600.
It allows homeowners to keep their mortgage interest deduction, but caps the deduction for new mortgages at $500,000.
“Their move back to the United States is something very, very special and very important, and you have been seeing this happen with numerous companies,” he said.
For Mr. Trump, the announcement underscored the promise of the tax reform bill unveiled earlier in the day by House Republicans. The package includes reducing the corporate tax rate form 35 percent to 20 percent, as well as other measures to spur the economy.
The president also touted the middle-class tax relief in the GOP bill. He vowed to get the tax reform package approved in time to give “the American people a big tax cut for Christmas.”
“My administration is working every day to make the United States the most attractive place in the world to do business so that more and more companies such as Broadcom come back to our shores, grow their businesses and create more and more American jobs,” he said. “And you see it happening on a daily basis.”
Hock Tan, the company’s president and CEO, agreed.
“Thanks to you, Mr. President, business conditions have steadily improved. The proposed tax reform package will level the global playing field and allow us to compete effectively in worldwide markets,” he said.
Mr. Tan, who grew up in Malaysia and won a scholarship to study engineering at MIT that helped launch his business career, said his mother would never have dreamed he would be in the Oval Office with the president.
“And my mother too,” Mr. Trump chimed in, getting laughs.
Mr. Tan, a naturalized U.S. citizen, said his experience in achieving the American dream also inspired him to give back to the country.
“Today we are announcing that we are making America home again,” he said.
The return of Broadcom is a major coup for the Trump administration.
The company, a leader in worldwide communications semiconductors with $100 billion market capitalization, is moving its entire operation to the U.S. and locating its headquarters in Delaware.
Broadcom currently employs more than 7,000 American workers across 24 states. Seven workers from the firm’s plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania, attended the Oval Office event.
Mr. Trump credited the workers with helping revitalize the American brand.
“You’re skilled at your craft, you take pride in your job, and because of you, our nation’s trademark, ‘Made in the USA,’ is respected all over the world once again,” said the president. “When I was growing up, when I was a young boy, you’d say, ‘Made in the USA,’ and that meant something. Well, it means something again.”
Trump Drops Everything To Go To Hospital With Melania – Here’s Who Else Is There
By Amanda Shea, Freedom Daily, Nov 1, 2017
President Donald Trump has a lot on his plate and frequently turns his weekends into work days, as he tirelessly forges ahead to get America back on track. However, today, he dropped everything to go the hospital with Melania, and now we know who else was there for an incredibly tragic reason. The sudden visit came as a big surprise but what happened there was nothing short of incredible.
The Trumps are no strangers to hospitals recently, as Melania was just at one a few short weeks ago for the entire day visiting children undergoing cancer treatment. Her compassion was evident for these kids, brightening their day in her soft, under spoken way, despite the burdens she was in the midst of dealing with at the time from the hateful media who relentless attack her and can only find fault in her every move. Saturday’s trip to one particular hospital was for an entirely different reason and what was caught on camera is something that everyone in America needs to see.
The president has proved his pride in our military by honoring these heroes every chance he gets, along with giving them the power back to do their job and defeat our enemies. The fight doesn’t come without great sacrifice, which too often means the cost of life or limb. When soldiers are greatly wounded in war, they are treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Today, the president and First Lady had the honor of visiting these important patients and presenting one with a Purple Heart. “During the visit, President Trump awarded Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos a Purple Heart,” the Gateway Pundit reported. “Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos was injured in Afghanistan recently.” Then, something incredible happened that we haven’t seen in years.
Trump didn’t have to spend his day in the hospital nor be the one to award Sergeant Barrientos with the Purple Heart. However, there was nothing more important than showing his respect and his appreciation for this amputee. “When I heard about this, I wanted to do this myself,” President Trump said.“Congratulations. Tremendous.”
The couple posed for several pictures with the war hero. There’s no better person to present this medal to a soldier than a Commander-in-Chief who genuinely cares. Had Barack Obama still been in office and made the time to arrive at Walter Reed, it would have been an insult to them for the man who stripped the military down to nothing to present it. Trump has built it back up even after Obama, “urged soldiers to question Trump’s authority, saying to ‘criticize our president’,” Breitbart reported.
As news of Trump’s visit broke, some criticized him for making his plans known in a Tweet before leaving the White House and heading to the hospital. While he announced it with great honor saying he was “looking forward to seeing our bravest and greatest Americans,” the liberal media said, “Most visits go unannounced.” However, they missed the point.
Too often, especially under Barack Obama, Americans lose sight of the sacrifice made on the battlefield for our freedom. The rights we enjoy here today are defended by brave men and women willing to put their life on the line, which liberals take gross advantage of. While these heroes are facing an enemy in a foreign land that’s far outside of an entitled leftist’s “safe space,” liberal idiots are back in the land of the free crying for handouts, stomping on our flag, and complaining about fairness.
Trump’s visit today should serve as a reminder of what patriotism, heroism, and being a true American really looks like. The military deserves any and all attention they can get and Trump announcing that he’s presenting this important award should be something commended, not criticized.
Donald Trump Calls for Immediate End to ‘Diversity Visa’ Program That Admitted New York Terror Suspect to U.S.
by MICHELLE MOONS/1 Nov 2017/Washington, DC5983
President Donald Trump said his administration is moving to immediately terminate the “diversity visa” program that allowed the alleged New York city Islamic terrorist to enter the country followed by up to 23 other people.
“We want a merit-based program…we want to get rid of chain migration,” Trump said at the top of a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. He spoke of the Islamic terror attack in New York that killed eight and wounded at least 11 others. The suspect came from Uzbekistan in 2010 under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) “diversity visa” “lottery” program.
Trump added that the suspect, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, was the “primary point of contact” for “23 people that came in or potentially came in with him, and that’s not acceptable.” He clarified that 23 is a preliminary number.
The President said that he would start working with Congress immediately to end the “diversity visa” program, but in part, such bills that already exist are being stopped by “obstructionists.”
President Trump called for “strength” and “resolve.”
He continued: “Terrorists are constantly seeking to strike our nation and it will require the unflinching devotion to our law enforcement, homeland security and intelligence professionals to keep America safe. We will take all necessary steps to protect our people and our communities and to protect our nation as a whole.”
We have to get much tougher. We have to get much smarter. And we have to get much less politically correct. We’re so politically correct that we’re afraid to do anything.
Trump pointed other countries dealing with “very similar problems.”
“We will never waver in the defense of our beloved country. Ever. We’ll never ever forget the beautiful lives that have been taken from us,” said Trump. “We also have to come up with punishment that’s far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now.” He alluded to prior cases that have dragged through court for years with an uncertain outcome.
“We need quick justice and we need strong justice,” said Trump. “What we have right now is a joke and it’s a laughing stock and no wonder so much of this stuff takes place.”
Trump again referenced other countries, saying that he thinks he can speak for “plenty of other countries” going through the “same situation.”
U S News October 30, 2017
While the entire nation is focused on President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, the Commander-in-Chief hasn’t broken stride and rightfully so. He’s been quietly and diligently working at one massive mission he’s secretly been on outside the public eye and now an exceptionally key person is in custody.
It’s fair to say that from here, things are about to get really bad for certain people who have already been under a heaping dose of scrutiny. Now, their secrets are second from coming out in interrogation as long-awaited justice is finally within reach.
There have been some massive scandals in our country over the last couple of years, none of which have Trump at the center of them despite what liberals would love to say.
Among the most devastating have left a number of people dead and had we not elected someone like Trump as president, they may have been forgotten.
Hillary Clinton has been tied to a lot of sudden and suspicious deaths stemming from what people knew and were insistent on exposing about her.
She abides by the philosophy that “dead men don’t talk,” which have spared her a lot of criminal charges….until now.
There are those out there with blood on their hands who have done Hillary’s dirty work and now one of the most important people who had a key role in her biggest scandal is now in custody.
CBS News reports:
U.S. officials say special operations forces have captured a key militant in the 2012 Benghazi attack on a U.S. consulate that left four Americans dead, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin confirms.
A U.S. official identified the suspect as Mustafa al-Imam, Martin reports.
The commandos captured the man in Libya just before midnight local time on Sunday and are transporting him back to the U.S., officials told The Associated Press. The suspect is in the custody of the Department of Justice and is expected to arrive within the next two days on a military plane, according to one of the officials.
The officials said the mission was approved by President Donald Trump and done in coordination with Libya’s internationally recognized government. The officials, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly to the matter and demanded anonymity, would not say where exactly he was captured.
The Sept. 2012 assault killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. State Department computer expert Sean Smith and CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.
Had it not been for Trump in office, the victims of Benghazi would have had no chance justice since Hillary would have swept the attack under the rug to protect herself and cover her actions that led to this punishing attack.
“Stevens and Smith died in the burning diplomatic outpost despite efforts to rescue them. Woods and Doherty died nearly eight hours later in a mortar attack on a nearby CIA complex,” CBS added.
This is another step toward the damning answers that Hillary has been trying to hide from as another of the terroristic killers was caught on the president’s watch who has made this investigation a priority.
“Earlier this month, another man accused in the attack, Abu Khattala, went on trial in federal court in Washington. Khattala has pleaded not guilty to the 18 charges against him, including the murder of an internationally protected person, providing material support to terrorists and destroying U.S. property while causing death, CBS News explained.
“The attack was the fodder of multiple congressional investigations to determine what went wrong and whether the Obama administration misled the public on the details of the bloody assault.”
“Initial accounts provided by administration officials, notably former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, said the attack had grown out of a protest against an anti-Muslim internet film.
Later, the administration said it was a planned terrorist attack.”
“A two-year investigation by a House Benghazi committee focused heavily on Clinton’s role and whether security at the compounds and the response to the attack was sufficient.
It was the Benghazi probe that revealed Clinton used a private email server for government work, prompting an FBI investigation that proved to be an albatross in her presidential campaign.”
This comes at the start of a new week for Hillary who had a particularly rough weekend when her crimes stacking up against her, particularly after she was suspected in the death of another victim in the ever-increasing body count covered in her fingerprints
Information hounds have their paws deep in the dirt as they dig up ghosts of Hillary Clinton’s past and search for any and all evidence linking her to the death of a prominent figure in American history.
Truth seekers look for evidence that could lead to her to indictment and incarceration, but those who seek are coming up with mixed results.
The hottest trending controversial conspiracy slithers back into relevancy in the wake of JFK’s classified files being released, even though numerous items were redacted.
This theory plots Hillary Clinton against JFK Jr. and suggests that she’s directly, or indirectly, responsible for the plane crash that left JFK Jr. and two others dead, thus paving the way for Clinton to win an easy seat in the Senate and further her career.
Look back to 1999 when numerous New York residents fancied JFK Jr. the front-runner in the Senate election taking place in the year 2000. A young charismatic man like his father, JFK Jr. would’ve had an easy victory over Hillary Clinton if he had run for Senate in 2000, but any possibility of him entering into the election was halted mid-air with the crash of the aircraft he was in.
A midnight flight and an unfortunate demise of a budding personality who could’ve carried on the legacy of his father had it not been for that harrowing flight that ended it all.
Many sources say JFK Jr. was not 100% set on running for Senate, but if he did, it would’ve been an overwhelming victory.
Sources like Your News Wire point to Hillary Clinton as the reason JFK Jr’s plane exploded and crashed. The website suggests that Hillary had no intention of returning to Arkansas and her only goal was to win a seat in the New York Senate, no matter what it took.
The source allows readers to believe, without truly saying so, that Hillary Clinton was responsible for the murder of JFK Jr. Based on the details of the event, in which it’s believed that JFK Jr. was flying the plane in the night time and he had called the radio tower for something, then randomly exploded, one has to wonder what caused the explosion.
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The website then discusses the possible events that suggest the Clinton’s covered this up very quickly by preparing a Navy funeral service, even though JFK Jr. did not serve in the Navy.
This all happened after a search located JFK Jr. and his passenger’s bodies in the water.
Whether that death is proven to be connected to the Clintons or not, there’s no denying the part that Hillary played in Benghazi.
Now, one of the terrorists doing the killing just might provide clues, but at least will be held accountable in a way that Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton would have never done.
First Responders Day
Trumps will host ‘ghosts and goblins’ at White House Halloween
This Friday, the office of First Lady Melania Trump announced that both she and President Trump will be hosting a Halloween event for children which attend 20 local schools as well as military families next week.
In a statement released this Friday, the office of the first lady said, “On Monday, October 30, 2017, the White House will open the South Lawn to ghosts and goblins of all ages.”
To explain in more detail, the White House will be welcoming both parents and children from schools in Maryland, Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia for a session of trick-or-treat on the South Lawn.
The First Family will be giving out presidential labeled M&M’s and Halloween-themed cookies, specially prepared by the White House pastry kitchen.
The children will also have the opportunity to trick-or-treat from NASA officials, FEMA personnel, Secret Service agents, National Park Service officers, as well as members of the Education Department, which will be scattered all across the lawn.
The statement also went on to reveal that “During this event, trick-or-treaters will enjoy seeing the South Portico decorated in spider webs, creating a festive look and feel. There will also be bats and orange pumpkins with profiles of past presidents,” before explaining how the scenery will be mysterious, with fog in the air, and “the trees and south facade will be lit with different colors throughout the night.”
House Passes Resolution to Fast Track Trump’s Tax Plan
By Jason Hopkins, Western Journalism
October 26, 2017
Congressional Republicans just got a big step closer to enacting comprehensive tax reform.
By a vote of 216-212, the House passed the Senate’s budget resolution on Thursday morning, paving the way for Republicans to begin their fast track to tax reform.
Twenty Republicans joined the entire caucus of House Democrats in voting against the resolution. Many GOP members who voted against the measure cited issues with a key provision in the tax.
However, the Republican majority in the House was large enough to sustain the number of defections, leading to a very close vote in the end.
The successful House vote is the last procedural step before congressional Republicans can move toward fast track tax reform legislation — something that is expected to be revealed next week.
Thursday’s resolution was critical for the GOP in getting tax reform through the near-impossible hurdles of Congress, Politico reported.
Following the vote, Republicans opened up procedural powers that will allow the GOP-controlled Senate to pass tax legislation with just 51 votes — avoiding any Democrat filibusters.
The vote among House Republicans was tight, and Speaker Paul Ryan and other House leaders had to conduct last-minute maneuvering to save the resolution from failure.
Numerous Republican members from high-tax states threatened to vote “no” on the budget unless GOP leaders ended plans to hamper the state and local tax deduction currently in the tax proposal.
However, Ryan was hoping enough Republicans would be excited about finally rahieving tax reform and thus vote in favor of a blueprint that many members were not happy about.
Currently, the GOP tax reform blueprint proposes the termination of the state and local tax deduction. This deduction permits Americans to reduce what they pay in local and state taxes from their federal tax bill.
Ending the SALT deduction would offset a considerable amount of the revenue lost in the planned tax cuts. According to a study by the Tax Policy Center, this save $1.3 trillion over 10 years, Business Insider reported.
Residents in high-tax states like California, Massachusetts and New York enjoy this deduction, and their representatives did not want to see it gone.
Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey, a Republican congressman from a high tax state, tweeted that he would not support the budget.
Republican leaders worried that enough Republican congressman in these states would derail the resolution.
However, every Republican congressman from California voted in favor of the resolution, as well as a handful of Republicans from New York.
According to House Way and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, the GOP tax plan is expected to be released on Nov. 1.
Deportations Up 34 Percent Since Trump, Over Half Were Criminals
By V Saxena, ConservativeTribune
October 26, 2017
During the first nine months of President Donald Trump’s presidency, U.S. immigration authorities deported 34 percent more illegals from the interior than were deported during the same period of time the previous year.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents specifically deported 54,000 illegals from the interior, though an additional 88,818 illegals were deported directly from the border as well, according to The Washington Post.
Moreover, of the total 142,818 illegals deported from both the border and the interior from Jan. 22 to Sept. 9, an astonishing 83,254 were
According to Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, this strategy — which revolves around both ridding the nation of illegals and also disincentivizing other illegals from trying to cross into America — appears to be working like a charm.
“We are fully tallying our 2017 results but in all likelihood it’s going to be the lowest level of illegal crossings between ports of entry in over 45 years,” he said this week at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, as reported by The Washington Times.
“The clear intent to enforce immigration law has resulted in a significant reduction of crossings,” he added.
However, he cautioned that “there are still some fundamental aspects of the system that need to be addressed.”
We need a border wall, as well as mandatory E-Verify, enhanced border surveillance and other measures to deter foreigners from even thinking about heading for the United States illegally.
A 70-point immigration plan unveiled by the Trump administration earlier this month contained some of these.
Likewise, a recent poll found that a majority of Americans support the president’s immigration reform plans.
“Despite charges from Democratic leaders like Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi that the ‘vast majority of Americans’ decry Trump’s America First focus, the new survey shows that many of the president’s policies are supported by 70 percent to 80 percent of the public,” the Washington Examiner reported at the time.
Deportations are up, border crossings are down and prototypes for the president’s wall have begun to be built.
October 26, 2017 The White House. Office of the Press Secretary
Statement from the Press Secretary on the Joint Budget Resolution
President Donald J. Trump applauds Congress for passing its pro-growth FY 2018 joint budget resolution and fulfilling its obligation to the American people. This resolution sets the stage for Congress to put America first by providing economic relief for the American people in the form of tax cuts and tax reform. President Trump has always made cutting taxes for hard-working American families, creating more jobs for American workers, and simplifying the rigged and burdensome tax code a priority, and he looks forward to further cooperation with Congress to advance the Administration’s pro-growth and pro-jobs agenda.
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“TRUMP DECLARES THE OPIOID CRISIS A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY”
By Jenna Johnson and John Wagner, The Washington Post
Jenna Johnson and John Wagner of The Washington Post report that President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency during an opioid-focused event on Thursday afternoon. This will allow the federal government to “waive some regulations, give states more flexibility in how they use federal funds and expand the use of telemedicine treatment,” Johnson and Wagner write. The President signed a presidential memorandum that directs Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan “to declare a nationwide public health emergency and direct all federal agencies to use any emergency authorities that they have to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths.” Johnson and Wagner conclude that officials plan to roll out more initiatives to address the crisis in the coming days and weeks, and the White House is working with Congress to find additional funding for this crisis
The Christian Post’s Samuel Smith writes on Vice President Pence’s promise to Middle Eastern Christian leaders that the United States will begin providing help to “rebuild their ancient communities” following the order President Trump gave to the U.S. State Department to enable U.S. aid funding to go “directly to faith-based organizations actively supporting Christians and other religious minorities displaced by the Islamic state.”
In economic news, the Washington Examiner reports that data from the Labor Department on Thursday showed that “the total number of workers receiving unemployment benefits again fell to the lowest level in nearly 44 years in mid-October,” a sign that “job creation is strong.”
Regarding the phony Trump dossier, the Wall Street Journal editorial board writes on the hidden joint financial actions of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign that make it appear “Democrats paid for Russians to compile wild allegations,” about President Trump, as well as the credibility of the investigation as a whole.
At the Associated Press, Erica Werner and Alan Fram write on the unity within the Republican Party after a pair of prominent senators denounced President Trump and invited their colleagues to join them. Instead, “most GOP lawmakers rallied around Trump and his agenda,” and “voiced unqualified support,” for the President, Werner and Fram report.
Senator Ted Cruz Just Lit Up The Senate
By George Campbell
Senator Ted Cruz shook the Congress today. Nobody expected to see the senator that much nervous and determined to encourage his colleagues from the Senate and the GOP to start WORKING.
The nation and especially the right-winged Americans speak so loud for months, but it seems that until now, nobody listened to them. Most of the Republicans are disappointed in their own party and the representatives in the lawmaking institutions.
Ted Cruz wants to make his colleagues listen and called for all of them to work, not to waste time on ‘daily politics’. This is what RSW just reported:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is warning his GOP colleagues to stop fighting with President Trump and focus on passing the party’s agenda.
“It’s like you’re back in junior high. … We’ve got a job to do, dammit, and so all of this nonsense, I got nothing to say on it. Everyone shut up and do your job, is my view,” Cruz told conservative radio host Mark Davis on Wednesday.Cruz was asked about Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.), who offered blistering criticism of Trump on Tuesday, but he didn’t directly mention the two in his response.
He added that Americans are “frustrated” by Republicans’ inability to make good on years-long campaign promises.
This is a very important moment. It’s finally a relief to see that some Republicans are starting to realize how frustrated the American conservatives are. Honestly, today you really can’t make a distinction between Democrats and Republicans. Most of the people of both parties are the same- leeches thirsty for money and power who ignore the democracy and the needs of the people they represent.
Senate Republicans narrowly passed a $4 trillion budget plan Thursday, taking their first big step toward a tax reform package promised by President Donald Trump.
Approval of the nonbinding plan allows the Senate to use a special process known as “budget reconciliation” that would forestall a Democratic filibuster.
“Tonight we completed the first step towards replacing our broken tax code by passing a comprehensive, fiscally responsible budget that will help put the federal government on a path to balance,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to replace a failing tax code that holds Americans back with one that works for them.”
The Senate plan, approved on a 51-49 vote, calls for $473 billion in cuts from Medicare over 10 years and more than $1 trillion from Medicaid.
If fully implemented, the plan would cut spending by more than $5 trillion over the next 10 years, with an average of approximately $540 billion per year over the life of the plan, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was the only Republican to vote against the bill, joining all 46 Democrats and two independents.
“We can’t spend our way to prosperity,” Paul said in a statement. “I will fight for the biggest, boldest tax cut we can pass, but I could not in good conscience vote for a budget that ignores spending caps that have been the law of the land for years and simply pretend it didn’t matter.”
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., returned to Washington after receiving treatment for urological problems to vote for the measure. Other Republican moderates — including Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Bob Corker of Tennessee, and Susan Collins of Maine — backed the effort.
Tax reform, always a top item on the GOP agenda, has taken on even greater urgency with the failure of the party to carry out its longstanding promise to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Republicans have said failure on taxes would be politically devastating in next year’s midterm elections when control of the House and Senate are at stake.
The House passed its version of the budget plan last week. It calls for tax cuts that don’t add to the deficit and would pair the tax rewrite measure with $200 billion in spending cuts over the coming decade. Both plans include a provision to end a longstanding ban on oil and gas exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted the GOP framework as “nasty and backwards.”
“It shifts the burden from the wealthy and puts it squarely on the back of the middle class, and blows a hole in the deficit to boot,” Schumer said in a statement. “I think it will go down in history as one of the worst budgets Congress has ever passed.”
Americans for Prosperity Ramps Up Ad Buy Telling 11 New Senators: Support Tax Reform Now
Trump: Tax Reform ‘Will Lift Our People From Welfare to Work’
Fred Lucas / @FredLucasWH / October 17, 2017
“Let’s give our country the best Christmas present of all: massive tax relief,” President Donald Trump says. (Photo: Willis Bretz for The Heritage Foundation)
President Donald Trump promoted his tax reform plan at The Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club, and also touted American values, the Constitution, and “God-given rights.”
“We will lift our people from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to total beautiful prosperity,” Trump told an audience of about 1,000 people Tuesday night gathered at the Marriott Marquis in Washington.
“Our tax plan will ensure that companies stay in America, grow in America, and hire in America,” the president said. “At the heart of our plans is a tax cut for everyday working Americans.”
The tax reform proposal backed by Trump and congressional Republicans would increase the deduction for child care and caring for elderly adults; make the first $12,000 for individuals and first $24,000 for married couples income tax-free; eliminate the penalty for businesses bringing back earnings to the United States; simplify the tax filing process so that most Americans can file on a single sheet of paper; cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, which the White House Council of Economic Advisers estimates would boost wages by $4,000 for the average American household; and eliminate the death tax.
“So let’s give our country the best Christmas present of all: massive tax relief,” Trump said. “And speaking of Christmas, yes, you want to hear it, I’m talking about Christmas presents, I’ll give you a bigger Christmas present. You are going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
Trump predicted if tax reform passes, it would bring $3 trillion back in the American economy.
Trump said Democrats will vote in blocks to obstruct, but said he hoped to get the Republicans needed.
“We need the help of The Heritage Foundation and everyone here tonight to get our tax cuts through the House, through the Senate, and to my desk for signature,” the president said. “So, call up your local senator and say, ‘Senator, don’t give him a hard time.’”
Trump is only the fourth president to address The Heritage Foundation in the think tank’s 45-year history. The others were Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.
Using terms from previous speeches on the tax plan, Trump said the plan would be a “middle class miracle” and presents a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalize our economy.”
“The Heritage Foundation can once again help make history by helping to take this incredible idea,” Trump said. “This proven idea, this tax cut, making it a reality for millions and millions of patriotic Americans.”
Trump talked about the bipartisan deal with Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., to continue subsidies for Obamacare for two years, but warned Democrats to fix what he has called an unworkable plan.
“I’m pleased the Democrats have finally responded to my call for them to take responsibility for their Obamacare disaster and work with Republicans to provide much-needed relief to the American people,” Trump said. “While I commend the bipartisan work done by Senators Alexander and Murray—and I do commend it—I continue to believe Congress must find a solution to the Obamacare mess instead of providing bailouts to insurance companies.”
Trump said Americans “must hold fast” to its tradition as a “nation of laws” by respecting law enforcement. He also defended symbols of history.
“Now they’re even trying to destroy statues of Christopher Columbus. What’s next?” Trump asked. He added, “We believe that our great American flag should be treated with reverence and respect.”
The president also said, “Freedom is not a gift from government, freedom is a gift from God,” and “We believe the Constitution is the greatest political document ever written and we believe in the Constitution as it is written.”
He praised The Heritage Foundation’s role in preserving history, and noted the organization’s influence in his biggest success, the nomination and confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
“We are strengthening our own freedom by appointing judges to the bench that will support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Trump said.
He also talked about the achievements of his administration’s deregulatory agenda.
“Our regulatory reductions will put more Americans back to work and more lobbyists out of work,” Trump said.
The White House – Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 17, 2017
President Donald J. Trump Fights for Higher Wages for Hardworking Americans
“Lower taxes on American business means higher wages for American workers, and it means more products made right here in the USA.” – President Donald J. Trump
PAY RAISE FOR AMERICANS: The tax relief and tax cuts supported by President Donald J. Trump will boost wages for hardworking Americans.
• The average American household income could increase between $4,000 and $9,000 a year in wages and salary alone by cutting the Federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, according to an analysis by the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA).
o Developed countries with the low corporate tax rates have seen significantly higher wage growth compared with developed countries with higher rates.
o Reducing corporate tax rates will raise wages for workers of all skill levels.
• Wages and corporate profits used to grow at nearly the same rate, but that is no longer the case. In the last eight years, wage growth has stagnated while corporate profits increased by an average of 11 percent per year, according to an analysis by the CEA.
o Wage growth has failed to keep pace with corporate profits as corporate tax rates in the United States have become uncompetitive.
o More than 70 percent of the corporate tax burden falls on Americans workers, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.
INVESTING IN AMERICAN JOBS: The Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code supported by President Trump will end the “offshoring model” as companies will bring profits back and invest in American workers.
• In 2016, a Federal corporate tax rate of 20 percent could have brought more than $140 billion in corporate profits back to America, according to an analysis by the CEA.
o Those profits could have helped boost the incomes of U.S. households.
• Our current uncompetitive corporate tax rate encourages U.S. firms to keep profits offshore.
o The United States has the highest corporate income tax rate among the 35 industrialized Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, according to the OECD.
o The U.S. corporate tax rate has been higher than the OECD average for almost 20 years.
• Last year, more than 70 percent of foreign profits earned by U.S. firms were kept offshore, up from 42 percent in 1984, according to an analysis by the CEA.
o Companies hold an estimated $2.8 trillion in earnings offshore, according to Audit Analytics.
• Cutting corporate tax rates will encourage firms to invest back in the United States, creating well-paying jobs for hardworking Americans.
o After President Bush’s 2003 tax cuts, the economy created 7.8 million jobs over five years, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
o After President Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts, the economy created 14.8 million jobs over five years based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
o After President Kennedy’s tax cuts, the economy created 12.0 million new jobs over five years based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
TAX CUTS AND TAX RELIEF: The Unified Framework supported by President Trump will mean hardworking Americans can keep more of their money.
• Double the standard deduction so that more income is taxed at zero percent.
o The first $12,000 of income for individuals and $24,000 for married couples will be income tax-free.
• Lower individual income tax rates to: 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent.
• Increase the Child Tax Credit and expand it to benefit more middle-income families and eliminate the marriage penalty.
• Create a new $500 tax credit for those caring for an adult dependent or elderly loved one.
Trump Spots Who Is In Crowd At His Public Speech And Urgently Reaches Under The Podium
October 13, 2017, Today Political News
President Donald Trump was outside the U.S. capitol building in Washington, D.C. delivering a speech to a massive crowd, when he suddenly reached under his podium, much to the shock of every spectator and security person there. He had spotted who was in the sea of people before him that had gone unnoticed by everyone else there and now we know who this person is and why the president did what he felt he had to do.
The president was delivering a message at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service yesterday to honor our country’s fallen police officers and the families of those who lost their heroes in the line of duty. The recognition was long overdue after eight years under the previous administration who demoralized the service and discredited the sacrifice, often recognizing the criminals who killed or were killed by cops instead.
The event yesterday ended on an incredible note last night when for the first time in history, the White House was lit up in blue for Law Enforcement — something Barack Obama refused to do in his two terms in office. However, there was one incident that took place during Trump’s address that’s gone largely unnoticed but deserves all of the attention.
As Trump was speaking, he happened to spot a 6-year-old boy in the crowd. The president departed from his prepared remarks to direct a segment of time to this child instead. The boy’s name is Micah and he’s fatherless now after losing his dad in a gun fight last year during an apprehension gone tragically wrong while on duty in Phoenix, Arizona. What the president did when he saw Micah there was caught on tape and is nothing short of incredible for a number of reasons.
As he spoke of praise for police officers, he set his eyes on this little boy while reaching under his podium and grabbing his personal hat he brought with him to the speech.
“And just to show you, by the way, how much I love our police, I said, oh, I’m going to need a hat because it’s so windy today,” Trump said during his speech while holding the hat he was referring to above his head. “I said, when I got out of here, there’s no way I’m going to put on this hat. So we’ll leave off the hat. And this is for you, Micah. That’s for our beautiful Micah down there,” the president said in his remarks as he tossed his hat to the little boy who rightfully received the special recognition.
While video of this simple, yet meaningful moment began to go viral, it seemed to have attracted more leftist hate than anything else. Liberals, who have proven to know no bounds and use children as targets of their hate for our president, turned their nasty remarks on this boy whose father was killed serving and protecting the people of Phoenix.
“To every child in America who has lost a mom or a dad in the line of duty, I want you to know your parents are American heroes — American heroes,” the president said in his speech to these families of heroes. “They died keeping us safe. They are the pride of our nation. And we will hold them in our hearts always and forever. Their sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten.”
These words and the hat-tossing to the boy who lost his brave dad was all it took for the hate to come out across social media.
Conservative Tribune reported:
“Being angry at the 6-year-old son of a fallen police officer being recognized by the president is pretty much a cardinal symptom of late-stage Trump derangement syndrome. Perhaps the left had been triggered by the tone of the rest of President Trump’s remarks, where he had the temerity to (*gasp*) actually express his support for the men and women of law enforcement.”
What Democratic degenerates seem to struggle with is that the attention is now being placed where it belongs — on the men and women in blue who go to work every day not knowing if they will come home that night to tuck their children, like Micah, into bed. Trump made a promise to the audience yesterday know “to know that my administration is determined — totally determined — to restore law and order and justice for all Americans, and we’re going to do it quickly.”
Until now, the presidency was more concerned about disarming our officers and sympathizing with the families of thugs who died in the commission of a crime. Whenever a cop was killed, the past president wouldn’t have even addressed it. However, that era officially ended yesterday when Trump tossed his hat to this little boy before saying, “I want you to know that patriotic Americans of all backgrounds truly support and love our police.”
That’s how you make America great — and safe — again.
President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address October 13, 2017
My fellow Americans,
Every Fourth of July, we celebrate the day America declared its independence. But this month, let us also remember the day our country won its independence. Next Thursday, October 19, marks the 236th anniversary of the day that George Washington’s Continental Army defeated the British at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781.
When our young American flag waved that day over the British surrender, it marked more than a victory of American arms. It represented the emergence of Stars and Stripes as a beacon of freedom around the world.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress resolved that our flag shall consist of 13 alternating red and white stripes, and a blue field of 13 white stars representing the American colonies.
Congress ultimately decided that a star would be added to our flag’s “constellation” on the Fourth of July upon the admission of each new State to the union, but that the flag would always keep its 13 stripes as a tribute to the original colonies that declared and won their Independence together.
In 1942, Congress passed the United States Flag Code, creating official standards for how we treat our beloved flag. From this code, we teach each new American generation to always show our flag the respect it deserves.
America’s men and women in uniform have carried our flag into battle and given their lives to protect it. Our Star Spangled Banner flew above Fort McHenry in the “Dawn’s Early Light.” Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders carried it to victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill. And our heroic Marines raised it over Iwo Jima.
Every day millions of American citizens raise it, salute it, and honor it on the home front. American workers hang Old Glory above factory floors where they proudly stamp their products “Made in the USA” and more and more products are being so stamped because our economy is starting to boom. We are doing really well.
Companies are moving back into the United States and far fewer will be moving out. Believe me. And it’s already happened. American schoolchildren put their hands on their hearts as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Before watching a football game, you want to see those players be proud of their country. Respect our country. Respect our flag. And respect our national anthem and we think they will. We certainly hope they will.
We honor the flag, we pay tribute to the men and women who have given everything for its defense. We renew the bonds of love and loyalty we owe to our fellow citizens—to every American who looks to the Stars and Stripes and sees woven into its fabric their past, their future, and their place in our great American family.
So this month, as we remember the patriots who fought to win our glorious Independence, let us renew our commitment to love our country, protect our citizens, and ensure that this will ALWAYS BE the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.
Some of the highlights from this past week.
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Ingraham: Trump’s Done More for Social Conservatives Than Bush Did in Eight Years
LifeZette editor-in-chief says American people have ‘declared war’ on the GOP Establishment – by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 14 Oct 2017 at 9:28 PM
LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham said in a speech Saturday that President Donald Trump has done more in 10 months for social conservatives than former President George W. Bush did in eight years.
Ingraham, addressing the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., recounted many of the actions the president has taken over his first several months in office that she said “should be welcome news to all social conservatives.”
‘It’s season of war against GOP establishment’: Bannon Reuters
“Donald Trump has done more in 10 months for social conservatives than I believe the previous GOP president did in eight years,” Ingraham said.
“What did [Trump] do? The Mexico City policy — gone — funding abortions overseas. Neil Gorsuch, one of the most qualified people I could conceive of being on the Supreme Court. He’s expanded religious liberty in the United States by opening up the types of groups that will be exempt from the Obamacare contraception mandate,” she said.
Ingraham noted that Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., back in January as the first sitting vice president to do so live and in person. LifeZette’s editor-in-chief also pointed to Trump’s first foreign trip as president “which he gets no credit for” but still “set the stage for the type of president I believe he can be.” During the course of that nine-day trip in May, Trump visited Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium, Italy, and Vatican City in a bid to strengthen foreign ties while promoting American interests.
The president, she reminded the audience, visited sites that represent all three Abrahamic religions — Christianity, Islam and Judaism — and in Saudi Arabia spoke before a gathering of the leaders of several Muslim nations, saying, “We’ve got to have a reformation. We need your help. It’s going to be in your hands.”
“That should be welcome news to all the social conservatives listening to me across the United States and in this room,” said Ingraham, whose new book on the Trump campaign and the rise of populist conservatism, “Billionaire at the Barricades,” was just released on October 10.
Despite all these accomplishments, she noted, Trump has faced a continual stream of “resistance” from both Democrats and his own party.
“The Democrats have a policy of resistance. They don’t really have an agenda for America. And I would say, unfortunately, that affliction also can be found in the Republican Party,” Ingraham said before warning the two parties that the American people “have declared war on you.”
“I titled my new book ‘Billionaire at the Barricades’ for a reason … Donald Trump has a lot of walls to clear and one wall to build,” Ingraham said, referring to Trump’s signature campaign promise to “build the wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border — a promise that Democrats abhor and that has drawn relatively weak GOP support.
The president has made many enemies through championing his “Make America Great Again” and “America First” polices, she noted.
“[Trump] has the old GOP guard that never really wanted him to succeed. Of course he has an entertainment industry that really should be sending him residuals because apparently they can’t write a joke that doesn’t include his name,” Ingraham said. “He’s up against the Democrat machine, of course, that is fueled by groups like the American Association of Trial Lawyers, Planned Parenthood, and every other left-wing interest group that you can think of.”
“He’s against the bipartisan cabal that has gotten fat and happy off the old way. They became very comfortable in a Washington that didn’t represent the people. And the people are on to them,” she continued.
Laura Ingraham: How I Knew Trump Would Survive the ‘Access Hollywood’ Leak
In her book, the talk-radio host says Ben Carson and a crowd in California told her the candidate hadn’t lost his base
Ingraham, who is set to begin hosting a new prime time show on Fox News, called “The Ingraham Angle,” at 10 p.m. every weeknight beginning October 30, asked the people gathered at the Values Voter Summit to consider carefully whether or not they, like Trump, have made the right “enemies.”
“But I also think we should judge ourselves on the enemies we make. Think about the Republicans who supported Donald Trump and continued to support his populist agenda, the agenda that I outlined in ‘Billionaire at the Barricades,’ my new book,” she said. “It’s a nationalist agenda … it’s America first, it’s policies that work for the people.”
And these policies, Ingraham noted, do not sit well with Antifa, La Raza, “the NFL anthem squatters,” the mainstream media, the “Democrat machine,” the “Never-Trump globalist GOP and consultancy and pundit class,” and vulnerable GOP Establishment senators who “would be sent packing” if their re-election primaries were held today.
“Donald Trump — he didn’t win because of [former FBI Director James] Comey, or even because Hillary [Clinton] was a bad candidate. He didn’t win because he was a celebrity or even that he was self-funded,” Ingraham said. “Donald Trump won because he was unafraid to hold up a mirror to the failures of the bipartisan Establishment that refused to do what the people for really a couple of decades had been demanding that they do. That’s why he won. He won because of the issues.”
Mark Meadows: Trump works harder than anyone,
‘duds’ in Congress need to go
by Steven Nelson | Oct 13, 2017 l Washington Examinar
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows told the Values Voter Summit Friday that President Trump deserves praise for working hard on conservative agenda items, and said unsupportive Republicans need to be booted from Congress.
“He works until 1 o’clock in the morning. He goes to sleep for a few hours, he gets up at 5:30 or 6 in the morning,” the North Carolina Republican said of Trump at a Washington hotel ballroom.
“He is willing to work harder than anybody else, we should do the same. We should help this president out,” the three-term congressman said.
Meadows singled out for praise Trump’s nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and the fact that “he has rolled back all kinds of regulations.”
Meadows, whose caucus is known for taking a hard line on various congressional negotiations, received significant applause for criticizing other Republican lawmakers.
“We have some members who are duds who have been left in the chamber too long,” he said.
Trump’s executive order for health care alternatives prods Congress to pass Obamacare repeal
By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times
Thursday, October 12, 2017
President Trump, frustrated by the Senate’s failure to repeal Obamacare, took his first unilateral steps to tweak the struggling heath care system Thursday by signing an executive order that clears the way for giving consumers more insurance alternatives.
The order broadly directs several Cabinet agencies to develop guidelines to increase health care competition and choice, with a goal of lowering prices and improving health care services. It could also hasten the dismantling of Obamacare by encouraging younger and healthier Americans to pull out of its insurance exchanges.
“This will cost the United States government virtually nothing, and people will have great, great health care,” said Mr. Trump, surrounded by employers and administration officials. “This will create tremendous competition. It could have been done a long time ago.”
Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who attended the event, called it “the biggest free market reform of health care in a generation.”
“This reform, if it works and goes as planned, will allow millions of people to get insurance across state lines at an inexpensive price,” Mr. Paul said.
The move allowed Mr. Trump, who promised to repeal Obamacare on the first day of his presidency, to show he is taking some action after a year of frustration and failure in Congress to rescind the law. Senior administration officials said the order doesn’t make changes to Obamacare immediately and that they hope the administration can implement many of the proposals within six months.
Republicans and business groups hailed the move, saying it will provide more options for consumers and result in lower costs for workers and employers.
“In the wake of the Senate’s failure to repeal Obamacare, we are grateful to President Trump for addressing regulations that make it harder and costlier for small-business owners to provide health care for themselves and their employees,” said Juanita Duggan, president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business.
Democratic lawmakers and their allies said the president’s action was a cynical effort to hasten the demise of Obamacare.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York tweeted that Mr. Trump “is using a wrecking ball to single-handedly rip apart & sabotage our healthcare system.”
Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said Mr. Trump’s “irresponsible” executive order “will loosen or eliminate critical consumer protections for certain health insurance plans, driving up the costs of premiums and making it harder for people, especially those with pre-existing conditions, to afford coverage.”
“This is yet another dangerous, shameless move by the Trump administration to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and destabilize the health insurance marketplace — but sabotaging the ACA means sabotaging the coverage that millions of women and families rely on,” she said. “The president is once again trying to advance his political agenda at the expense of our health.”
Sarah Lueck, an analyst with the liberal Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, said the president’s action “could destabilize the health insurance markets where millions of individuals and small businesses get their coverage and undermine protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.” She said it is designed to encourage more people to buy health care coverage that is exempt from Obamacare’s standards, such as the requirement that plans cover a package of “essential health benefits.”
She called it “a threat to comprehensive coverage, to people with pre-existing medical conditions, and to the ACA’s risk pools that provide insurance options to both the healthy and the sick.”
A statement from the American Cancer Society said the order “jeopardizes the ability of millions of cancer patients, survivors and those at risk for the disease from being able to access or afford meaningful health insurance.”
The president’s order is aimed in part at encouraging the expansion of association health care plans, which are pooled plans with multiple employers to provide workers and companies with lower costs.
The president’s action also will direct the Treasury Department to expand short-term insurance options, which offer limited benefits for people between jobs or young adults who are no longer eligible for their parents’ health care plans. Under the order, people could buy such coverage for up to one year instead of the current three months.
Despite his actions, Mr. Trump said Congress still must complete the job of repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a system of block grants to states.
“With these actions, we are moving toward lower costs and more options in the health care market and taking crucial steps toward saving the American people from the nightmare of Obamacare,” the president said. “We will also pressure Congress very strongly to finish the repeal and replacement of Obamacare once and for all.”
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, defended Mr. Trump’s use of executive action after Republicans criticized Mr. Obama for his expansive use of those powers.
“We think the Obama administration went too far on the regulatory front. This is meant to address that,” Mr. Ryan said.
He said this sort of move was always part of plans of Republicans, who envisioned a three-prong approach: repealing the 2010 law, using executive powers to reshape the markets and then passing legislation to pursue conservative solutions.
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly said the president viewed this action as the best option available until Congress makes another effort to repeal Obamacare in the spring.
“This was a way to take care of as many Americans as he could legally,” Mr. Kelly said.
While Mr. Trump still wants Congress to repeal Obamacare, he believes “before that can be done, his administration must act to provide relief,” said Andrew Bremberg, White House director of domestic policy.
Mr. Bremberg said this year that nearly half of the counties in the U.S. will have only one health care plan available under Obamacare. About one-third of workers at small businesses now receive health insurance through their employers, compared with about half of such workers in 2010, he said.
The order directs the Labor Department to consider a broader interpretation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that the White House said “could potentially allow employers in the same line of business anywhere in the country to join together to offer health care coverage to their employees.”
The White House said the main groups to benefit from expanding short-term insurance coverage are people between jobs and people in counties with only a single insurer offering exchange plans.
TRUMP HOPES TO BOOST LOWER PREMIUM HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS
an AP on Breitbart.com October 12, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated by failures in Congress, President Donald Trump will try to put his own stamp on health care with an executive order Thursday that aims to make lower-premium plans more widely available.
But the president’s move is likely to encounter opposition from medical associations, consumer groups and perhaps even some insurers — the same coalition that so far has blocked congressional Republicans from repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Critics say the White House approach would raise costs for the sick, while the lower-premium coverage provided to healthy people would come with significant gaps.
Administration officials say one of the main ideas is to ease the way for groups and associations to sponsor coverage that can be marketed across the land, reflecting Trump’s longstanding belief that interstate competition will lead to lower premiums for consumers who buy their own health insurance policies, as well as for small businesses.
Those “association health plans” could be shielded from state and federal requirements such as mandates for coverage of certain standard benefits, equal pricing regardless of a customer’s health status, and no dollar limits on how much the insurer would pay out.
Other elements of the White House proposal may include:
— Easing current restrictions on short-term policies that last less than a year, an option for people making a life transition, from recent college graduates to early retirees.
—Allowing employers to set aside pre-tax dollars so workers can use the money to buy an individual health policy.
Democrats are bracing for another effort by Trump to dismantle “Obamacare,” this time relying on the rule-making powers of the executive branch. Staffers at the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury have been working on the options since shortly after the president took office.
But as Trump himself once said, health care is complicated and working his will won’t be as easy as signing a presidential order. Some parts of the plan will have to go through the agency rule-making process, which involves notice and comment, and can take months. State attorneys general and state insurance regulators may try to block the White House in court, seeing the plan as a challenge to their traditional authority.
Experts say Trump’s plan probably wouldn’t have much impact on premiums for 2018, which are expected to be sharply higher in many states for people buying their own policies.
Sponsors would have to be found to offer and market the new style association plans, and insurers would have to step up to design and administer them. For insurers, this would come at a time when much of the industry seems to have embraced the consumer protections required by the Obama health law.
Depending on the scope of the order, some experts say the new plans created by the White House would draw healthy people away from “Obamacare” insurance markets, making them less viable for consumers and insurers alike. This could start happening as early as 2019. Premiums for those in the health law’s markets would keep rising, and so would taxpayer costs for subsidizing coverage.
“If the order is as expansive as it sounds, association plans could create insurance products that would siphon off healthy people with lower premiums and skinnier benefits, leading more insurers to exit the ACA marketplace or raise premiums significantly,” Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation said recently.
“Healthy middle-class people not now eligible for subsidies could get cheaper insurance, but people with pre-existing conditions could be priced out of the market altogether,” he added.
Nonetheless conservatives such as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., believe the federal government has overstepped its bounds in regulating the private health insurance market. They argue that loosening federal rules would allow insurers to design plans that — although they may not cover as much — work perfectly well for many people.
About 17 million people now buy individual health insurance policies.
Nearly 9 million consumers receive tax credits under the Affordable Care Act and are protected from higher premiums.
But those who get no subsidies are exposed to the full brunt of cost increases that could reach well into the double digits in many states next year.
Many in this latter group are solid middle-class, including self-employed business people and early retirees. Cutting their premiums has been a longstanding political promise for Republicans.
BREAKING: Trump Wins Major Military Victory, Media Covering It Up
October 9, 2017 by Adam Selene, christiannewsalerts.com
The media continues to focus on petty palace intrigue while ignoring the news that Americans really care about.
The Trump administration is celebrating the comprehensive defeat of ISIS in Iraq. Lt. General Paul Funk praised Iraqi forces for their “swift and decisive victory” against ISIS, liberating the terror organization’s final stronghold in Iraq. “Today’s victory demonstrates we are stronger together, and this Coalition remains committed to supporting our partners in the tough fight ahead as we continue our mission to defeat ISIS,” offered Lt. Gen. Funk in a statement, according to The Washington Examiner.
Iraqi forces, with Coalition support, decimated ISIS forces in their Iraqi stronghold of Hawija in northern Iraq. At least 1,000 ISIS fighters surrendered to Iraqi forces after 14 days of fighting.
With the liberation of Hawija, ISIS is only left holding a few remote patches of desert in Anbar Province, Iraq, just south of the Syrian border.
“Iraqi Security Forces have taken Hawija city, but there are still areas to the east that must be cleared,” explained Col. Ryan Dillon, a US military spokesman. “We expect there to be more fighting in the days ahead before calling the end to Hawija operations.”
Iraqi forces have already advanced to the Anbar Province, and have already secured the remote villages of Rayhanah, Anah, and Akashat.
“I expect that the remaining ISIS fighters will continue to be pushed east until they run into the Kurdish Defensive Line and are killed or captured,” Dillon said, referring to Peshmerga fighters operating in Iraqi Kurdistan. “We saw the same in the operations for Tal Afar.”
With American support, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have liberated over 4 million Iraqis living under ISIS control, while reclaiming over 16,000 in territory lost to ISIS.
At a recent press conference, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that ISIS forces were on the brink of destruction. “ISIS’ fraudulent caliphate in Iraq and Syria is on the brink of being completely extinguished, thanks to an aggressive new strategy led by the president,” Tillerson said, one day before the successful conclusion of the battle of Hawija.
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WEEKLY ADDRESS
Military Leaders Visit The White House
Last night, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed senior military officials and their spouses to a dinner at the White House, during which they discussed the many challenges faced by military families.
Prior to dinner, the President participated in a briefing with the military leaders to review progress in protecting the homeland, advancing American prosperity, pursuing peace through strength, and promoting positive American influence abroad.
“America Will Return to the Moon – And Go Beyond”
On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal preceding the first meeting of the National Space Council in nearly 25 years. President Trump has revived the Space Council to assist his Administration in articulating and implementing long-term goals for the American space program. Two of those goals include re-establishing American presence on the moon and becoming the first Nation to bring mankind to Mars. At the Thursday morning meeting, Vice President Pence hearkened back to the early days of the American space program as the inspiration for renewing America’s competitive status in space exploration.
“The sight of Sputnik blinking across that October sky spurred America to action. We refused to accept a future in space written by the enemies of freedom, and so the United States of America vowed to claim our rightful place as the undisputed leader in the exploration of the heavens,” the Vice President said. “And twelve years later, with ‘one giant leap for mankind,’ America led in space…. We gather here today to renew this same mission in our time.”
Hurricane Relief in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Florida on Thursday to receive a briefing on FEMA relief efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Maria and meet with individuals who have been impacted by the storms. FEMA also provided updates on Hurricane Maria in its daily briefing on Thursday morning. Key points included:
*We continue to make progress through the unified efforts of the federal government, working hand-in-hand with Puerto Rico, its municipalities, businesses and voluntary agencies on the island.
*Our goal is to help Puerto Ricans return to their routines, which will progress at a faster rate as more businesses open and communities are able to support their residents.
*Although it will be some time before communities truly recover, residents are beginning to see some services being provided in their communities.
POTUS AND VP TODAY
Today, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted an event at the White House honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. Later, the President signed a Proclamation declaring October 6th National Manufacturing Day.
Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence are in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to survey hurricane recovery efforts and meet with individuals affected by the storms.
PHOTO OF THE DAY – President Trump meets with senior Military leaders
When Trump made promises during the campaign, boy did he mean them.
Liberals and pathetic, cowardly republicans are shocked as they look over the last year. They don’t know what to do with a President who actually means what he says!
From working to wipe out ISIS to ending illegal immigration, Trump is full-steam ahead on making good on those promises he made during his numerous rallies and events.
Now it seems like he’s even beaten the old Gipper, when it comes to one major promise.
From The Washington Examiner:
President Trump is keeping his promise to cut regulations and is on a course to top former President Reagan’s record of slashing the mountain of red tape created by Jimmy Carter, according to two independent reports.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute said that Trump has issued 58 percent fewer major and costly regulations than former President Obama and slashed the Federal Register, the government’s rule book, by 32 percent.
And American Action Forum said that the Trump administration has saved $560 million by cutting regulations and meeting its promise to eliminate two old rules for every new one.
“As the Trump Administration transitions into the new fiscal year and next phase of Executive Order 13,771, it can reasonably claim net regulatory savings of roughly $560 million under the EO’s first phase. There have been some new regulatory costs, but activity on that front remains at a historically low level,” said American Action’s Dan Goldbeck.
$560 millions one huge number. This generally happens when a conservative enters the White House. He starts cutting back on all the insane rules and roadblocks that democrats have thrown up that make American work and life impossible.
Regulations cost businesses millions in needless complications. It adds greater burdens to workers, employers, even tax payers. All in the name of padded the government’s bank account. And where does that money go? Into bloated government projects, of course!
You see, regulation is just another way democrats want to tax Americans into oblivion. It’s not a huge surprise to find that Obama had an abysmal record when it comes to cutting red tape and needless rules.
Despite what the media has to say, Trump is working hard to put the American people first. Every day we are discovering things like this, things that the media don’t want you to see.
But we won’t let this kind of news go ignored. Be sure to spread the word.
The President and First Lady visit with the brave heroes of Las Vegas. On Wednesday morning, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, to visit with survivors of the Sunday night shooting and local medical professionals. The President and First Lady then met with civilian heroes and first responders. President Trump gave remarks at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, commending city officials and first responders for their diligent work and offering words of solidarity to the bereaved. “When the worst of humanity strikes, and strike it did, the best of humanity responds,” the President said.
May God Bless the People of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On Tuesday, First Lady Melania Trump accompanied the President to Puerto Rico to visit with individuals impacted by Hurricane Maria. The First Lady, along with President Trump, surveyed the damage and relief efforts and met personally with hurricane victims. “To the first responders and local officials who have worked tirelessly to provide aide, on behalf of a grateful Nation I say thank you. To our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, I continue to offer you daily thoughts and prayers. May God bless the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and offer comfort in this time of loss,” said the First Lady.
Our goal is to help Puerto Ricans return to their routines, which will progress at a faster rate as more businesses open and communities are able to support their residents. We continue to make progress through the unified efforts of the federal government, working hand-in-hand with Puerto Rico, its municipalities, businesses and voluntary agencies on the island.
FEMA and its federal partners will be here for years to come, helping Puerto Rico not only in its response, but also its recovery.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Brady Cook on October 4, 2017.
From: The White House <firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct 2, 2017 at 1:25 PM
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP
My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation, and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.
I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts, and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous, and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.
Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one — a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.
Scripture teaches us, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.
In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff.
I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims.
In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one — and it always has. We call upon the bonds that unite us — our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity.
Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today — and always will, forever.
In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light, and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.
Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded, or lost the ones they love so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace. And we pray for the day when evil is banished, and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.
May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost. May God give us the grace of healing. And may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on.
Thank you. God bless America. Thank you.
October 2, 2017 on Fox News
Click on link for President Trump’s National Address on the Las Vegas Shooting
From action.gop.com September 28, 2017
RESTORING AMERICA’S COMPETITIVE EDGE
On Wednesday, President Trump traveled to Indiana to deliver a major tax reform speech as the principles of his plan were released. The plan has four main principles:
1. The President is going to cut taxes for the middle class so hardworking Americans can finally save more for their future.
2. Ninety-five percent of Americans will be able to file their tax returns on a single page without keeping receipts, tracking paperwork, or filling out extra schedules.
3. President Trump is going to make our tax system more attractive for investment and job creation.
4.The President is going to bring back trillions of dollars in wealth from overseas so that it can be invested in our country, where it belongs.
Please consider calling your U.S. Representative and Senators today to tell them that you support President Trump’s tax reform package to Make America Great Again.
From the West Wing email at the White House
“TAX REFORM AT LAST”
– Boston Herald Editorial Staff, September 29, 2017
The editorial staff of the Boston Herald asks its readers to “imagine the change—the unleashing of economic development—that yet another long overdue overhaul of the federal tax code could accomplish.” President Trump’s framework for tax reform “makes a good start” on providing a simpler tax code and making the United States “a more desirable place for corporations to do business,” the editorial staff write, as well as preserving “America’s favorite tax deductions,” the mortgage and charitable deductions. The editorial staff conclude by saying a win on taxes would be good for President Trump’s reputation as a deal-maker, “but more importantly it would be good for the nation.”
Regarding tax reform, small business operator Joseph Semprevivo writes in the Washington Examiner that “after eight years of anti-growth economic policies, small business owners can finally rejoice” and saying tax reform and cuts would help small businesses across America grow and add jobs.
At The Hill, Naomi Jagoda reports on President Trump’s address to the National Association of Manufacturers where he called for a “giant, beautiful, massive, the biggest ever in our country, tax cut.” The President stated his reform plan to cap the top tax rate for American manufacturers at 25% “will be rocket fuel for our economy,” and will lead to “more production, more investment and far more jobs,” Jagoda writes.
In news on tax cuts, CNBC reports on President Trump’s address to the National Association of Manufacturers where he stated “the era of economic surrender is over” and that his tax reform plan to cap the top tax rate for American manufacturers at 25% would lead to the “rebirth of American industry.”
On Puerto Rico relief, the Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial board writes recent criticisms of President Trump’s hurricane response “are wrong,” as “both the governor of Puerto Rico and the mayor of San Juan have been effusive in their praise of relief efforts.”
And in The Washington Post, David Nakamura reports on President Trump’s impending visit to five countries in Asia during early November where he will meet with a variety of world leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The trip will be largely focused on the President’s efforts to confront North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Nakamura writes.
Remarks by President Trump at Tax Reform Event
Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis, Indiana, 3:30 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. You just want massive tax cuts. That’s what you want. That’s the only reason you’re going so wild. (Applause.)
But it’s wonderful to be back in the great state of Indiana. What a place. (Applause.)
I want to thank Senator Todd Young, Senator Joe Donnelly, Representative Jackie Walorski, Representative Susan Brooks, and Representative Mike [sic] Messer for joining us today. Thank you very much. Thank you very much for being here. Appreciate it. (Applause.)
I also want to thank members of my economic team, Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Director Gary Cohn, for joining us, as well. We appreciate it. (Applause.)
Let me begin by saying that our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands who are suffering in the wake of yet another catastrophic hurricane. I mean, their island was virtually destroyed. Federal agencies are working closely with local partners to help these communities get back on their feet as soon as possible.
Texas, Florida, and Louisiana are doing great, and the recovery process is happening very, very quickly.
I will be going down to Puerto Rico next week to get an on-the-ground briefing about the disaster recovery and to see all of our great first responders and to meet a lot of the people who were so affected by these storms. We are with you now, I tell them, and we will be there every step of the way until this job is done. It is truly catastrophic what happened in Puerto Rico. (Applause.)
And massive amounts of water, food, and supplies, by the way, are being delivered on an hourly basis. It’s something that nobody has ever seen before from this country, I can tell you that. And I’m very proud of all of the folks that have worked so hard in FEMA, all of our first responders, all of our police that have gone to the island because their police force has been so badly affected. And many of their policemen — in fact, most of the police people have lost their homes, and it’s been a tough go. But we are — we’re going to get it back.
Before we go on to discuss the largest tax cut in our county’s history, I also want to provide a brief update on healthcare. We have the votes on Graham-Cassidy. But with the rules of reconciliation, we’re up against a deadline of Friday — two days. That’s just two days. And yes-vote senator — we have a wonderful senator, great, great senator — who is a yes vote, but he’s home recovering from a pretty tough situation. And with so many great features, including all of the block granting, the money to the states, et cetera, et cetera, our healthcare plan is really going to be something excellent. It’s going to be better managed for the people that it serves. Having local healthcare representatives is far better than having healthcare managed from Washington, D.C. Not even a contest. (Applause.)
And many, many governors, as you also see, have agreed with us and approved it and really look forward to running it properly. But again, because the reconciliation window is about to close, we have to wait a few months until it reopens before we take a vote. So we’re getting all of the good signs from Alaska and the others to repeal and replace Obamacare. And I was hoping this would be put on my desk right after we won the election, and I’d come in and sign. But it didn’t work that way. There were a couple of people that — I won’t say anything. (Laughter.) But early next year when reconciliation kicks back in, in any event long before the November election, we’re going to have a vote. And we’re going to be able to get that through, and I think we’ll actually get it through very easily and the time makes it easier.
But speaking of reconciliation, the Republican Senate needs to get rid of the filibuster rule, which is blocking so many great legislative reforms the American people badly want and deserve. By the way, the Democrats, if they had the opportunity, which hopefully they won’t for many, many years, they would get rid of it on day one. And most of you know exactly what I’m talking about.
We’re here today in Indiana to announce our framework to deliver historic tax relief to the American People. (Applause.)
This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and I guess it’s probably something I can say that I’m very good at. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We’re going to cut taxes for the middle class, make the tax code simpler and more fair for everyday Americans, and we are going to bring back the jobs and wealth that have left our country — and most people thought left our country for good. (Applause.)
We want tax reform that is pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-family, and, yes, tax reform that is pro-American. (Applause.) It’s time to take care of our people, to rebuild our nation, and to fight for our great American workers. (Applause.)
Indiana is a tremendous example of the prosperity that is unleashed when we cut taxes and set free the dreams of our citizens. This state has claimed a powerful competitive edge built on low taxes and less regulation — and are we cutting regulation? (Applause.)
And businesses all across the country have taken notice. In recent years, Indiana has welcomed dozens of companies fleeing high taxes and high-tax states. Thousands of new jobs and massive capital investment have followed — meaning a better quality of life for the people of Indiana.
All of this is possible because the people of this state have made a decision. They chose to make Indiana competitive again. They chose, and their choice was so important. It included electing a governor, who you may have heard of — (laughter) — who signed the largest income tax cut in the state’s history, our very, very terrific person and terrific Vice President, Mike Pence. (Applause.)
It’s time for Washington to learn from the wisdom of Indiana. We need Washington to promote American jobs instead of obstructing them. That is what I have been working to achieve every day since I took office. That is what I talked about on the campaign trail.
Already, we’re seeing the results of an economic policy that finally puts America first. (Applause.) Unemployment is at a 16-year low. Unemployment for African Americans is near its lowest point since the turn of the millennium. It’s really a fantastic thing to see. (Applause.)
Wages are rising. Optimism among manufacturers has reached all-time highs. GDP growth last quarter reached 3 percent way ahead of schedule; nobody thought that was going to happen for a long time. (Applause.) And this quarter, I believe, would have been better, but the hurricanes will have an impact. But other than that, it would have been, in my opinion, even better.
Your government is working for you once again, not for the donors, not the special interests, but the hardworking taxpaying citizens of our country. (Applause.)
America is back on the right track. And I see so many red hats — Make America Great Again. That’s what we’re doing — Make America Great Again. (Applause.) But our country and our economy cannot take off like they should unless we dramatically reform America’s outdated, complex, and extremely burdensome tax code. It’s a relic. We’ve got to change it. We have to compete — compete with other countries.
The current tax system is a colossal barrier standing in the way of America’s economic comeback because it can be far greater than it’s ever been. But we’re going to remove that barrier to create the tax system our people finally, finally, finally — and want and deserve.
For several months, my administration has been working closely with Congress to develop a framework for tax reform. Over the next few months, the House and Senate will build on this framework and produce legislation that will deliver more jobs, higher pay, and lower taxes for middle-class families — for the working man and woman — and for businesses of all sizes. I look forward — (Applause.) Thank you.
I look forward to working with Congress to deliver these historic tax cuts and reforms to the American people. These tax cuts are significant. There’s never been tax cuts like what we’re talking about.
Our framework is based on four key ideas: First, we will cut taxes for the everyday, hardworking Americans — the people that work so long, so hard, and they’ve been forgotten. But they’re not forgotten anymore. I think we proved that on November 8th. (Applause.)
Under this framework, the first $12,000 of income earned by a single individual will be tax free, — (applause) — and a married couple won’t pay a dime in taxes on their first $24,000 of income. So, a married couple — up to $24,000 — can spend their money on their family, on their children, on what they have to do. So much better.
In other words, more income for more people will be taxed at a rate of zero. (Applause.) At this zero percent rate, taxable income will be subject to just three tax rates of 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent.
Jonathan Blanton and his wife Jamie from Greentown are here with us today. Where are they? Oh, hello, Jonathan. How are you? (Applause.)
Jonathan does industrial janitorial work and Jamie works at an auto company. Together they’re raising four beautiful children, and last year they earned less than $90,000. Under our tax plan they would have saved more than $1,000, and it could be substantially more. And that’s just on federal taxes. So they would have saved at least $1,000.
Middle-income families will save even more money with an increased child tax credit for children under the age of 17, which so many families have been calling for. (Applause.)
We will eliminate the marriage penalty in the existing credit and expand eligibility to include even more middle-income families. Greatly expanded.
We’re also expanding the child tax credit because we believe the most important investment our country can make is in our children. (Applause.) And this is just one more critical way that we’re targeting relief to working families.
In addition, under our framework, those caring for the elderly loved — and we love these people, but we’re caring, and we take such care of the elderly and other adult dependents — will receive financial relief in the form of a $500 tax credit. (Applause.)
We’re doing everything we can to reduce the tax burden on you and your family. By eliminating tax breaks and loopholes, we will ensure that the benefits are focused on the middle class, the working men and women, not the highest-income earners. (Applause.)
Our framework includes our explicit commitment that tax reform will protect low-income and middle-income households, not the wealthy and well-connected. They can call me all they want. It’s not going to help. I’m doing the right thing, and it’s not good for me. Believe me. (Applause.)
But what is good for me — not only as President and legacy — what is good for me is if everything takes off like a rocket ship, like it should have for 20 years. That’s good for me. That’s good for everyone. (Applause.) And that’s what I think is going to happen. (Applause.) And a lot of very wealthy people feel the same way, believe me.
In fact, we are eliminating most itemized deductions that primarily benefit the wealthiest taxpayers. We’ve also given Congress the flexibility to add an additional top rate on the very highest income earners to provide even more tax relief for working people.
Second, our framework will make the tax code simple, fair, and easy to understand, finally. (Applause.)
Americans waste money. Americans waste so much money — billions and billions of dollars and many hours each year to comply with our ridiculously complex tax code. More than 90 percent of Americans use assistance to prepare their taxes. Under our framework, the vast majority of families will be able to file their taxes on a single sheet of paper. (Applause.)
We are also repealing the alternative minimum tax, or AMT. About time. (Applause.)
The AMT is actually a shadow tax system that requires many people to calculate their taxes two different ways and pay the higher of the two amounts. You’re all familiar with it. Under our framework, the AMT will make even less sense because we are repealing many of the special interest tax breaks that it was designed to deal with. We are making our taxes simple again. We are simplifying our tax system.
To protect millions of small businesses and the American farmer, we are finally ending the crushing, the horrible, the unfair estate tax, or as it is often referred to, the death tax. (Applause.)
That means, especially for all of you with small businesses that are really tremendous businesses, you’ll be able to leave them to your family, and your family won’t have to run out and do a fire sale to try and get the money to pay the tax — lose the business, ends up going out of business. All of those jobs are lost. The farmers in particular are affected. They have wonderful farms, but they can’t pay the tax, so they have to sell the farm. The people that buy it don’t run it with love. They can’t run it the same way, and it goes out. So that death tax is a disaster for this country and a disaster for so many small businesses and farmers. And we’re getting rid of it. (Applause.)
Now if you don’t like your family, it won’t matter, okay? (Laughter.) But for those that love your family, it matters a lot. (Laughter.)
With us today is Kip Tom, a family farmer from Leesburg — Where’s Kip? Go ahead, Kip. Hi, Kip — (applause) — who fears that his family’s farming heritage — it’s been a long time. How long, Kip? A hundred and eighty-seven years — that’s peanuts, Kip. (Applause.) Wow. That’s a long time. But that great heritage could come to an end because of the death tax, or the estate tax, and could make it impossible for him to pass that legacy to his wonderful family. We’re not going to let that happen.
We are not going to allow the death tax to steal away the American Dream from these great, great families, many of which are in this room today. (Applause.)
We will protect our farmers, our ranchers, and our small businesses, and we will make taxes simple, easy, and fair for all Americans. Okay? (Applause.)
Third, we will cut taxes on American businesses to restore our competitive edge and create more jobs and higher wages for American workers. (Applause.)
In Indiana, you have seen firsthand that cutting taxes on businesses makes your state more competitive and leads to more jobs and higher paychecks for your workers. Now, we want to do the same thing for America, making our country more competitive with other nations. And in many cases, those other nations are taking advantage of us in so many ways. They say they’re friends, and perhaps they are, but believe me, I am renegotiating our trade deals, including NAFTA, including many other trade deals. (Applause.)
And through regulation, all you have to do is look at the massive pipelines — Dakota Access. You take a look, 48,000 jobs immediately approved. So we’re letting that happen.
But in terms of the tax and the tax strategy that Ronald Reagan used to create an economic boom in the 1980s: When our economy took off, the middle class thrived, and the family income of all families was increasing more and more. And it was a beautiful sight to behold.
Since then, other nations have adopted, unfortunately, our playbook and ran it even better than we did. And I shouldn’t say even better because we didn’t run it well at all, and we let other nations come in and take advantage of us and take our jobs away and take our businesses out. And we’re stopping that, and you see it right here what we’ve done.
Today, our total business tax rate is 60 percent higher than our average foreign competitor in the developed world. That’s not good. We have surrendered our competitive edge to other countries, but we’re not surrendering anymore. We’re not surrendering anymore.
Under our framework, we will dramatically cut the business tax rate so that American companies and American workers can beat our foreign competitors and start winning again. (Applause.) We will reduce the corporate tax rate to no higher than 20 percent. That’s way down from 35 and 39 — (applause) — which is substantially below the average of other industrialized nations.
This is a revolutionary change, and the biggest winners will be the everyday American workers as jobs start pouring into our country, as companies start competing for American labor, and as wages start going up at levels that you haven’t seen in many years. (Applause.)
When our companies move to other countries, it’s our loyal American workers who get hurt. And when companies stay in America, and come to America, it’s our wonderful workers who reap the rewards.
And I just left the United Nations last week, and I was told by one of the most powerful leaders of the world that they’re going to be announcing, in the not-too-distant future, five major factories in the United States — between increasing and new — five. (Applause.) You’ll be hearing about that very soon.
And I said thank you very much, and he said, “you know what? It’s starting to happen in the United States. It’s starting to happen.” So I just wanted to let you know that. I promised I wouldn’t say who. I’ll keep my word. Okay? (Laughter.) Unless you force me. (Laughter.)
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Who?
THE PRESIDENT: Members of both parties — it happens to be in the automobile industry. That’s a good industry. (Laughter.) Members of both parties should agree that we need a tax code that keeps jobs in our country and brings jobs back to our country. (Applause.)
And for the millions of small businesses and farms that file their taxes as sole proprietors, S corporations or partnerships, we will cap the tax rate they pay at 25 percent — much lower. Big difference. (Applause.) This will be the lowest top marginal income tax rate for small and mid-size businesses in this country in more than 80 years. (Applause.)
To give businesses even more reason to boost their investment in America, for the next five years, our framework will allow to fully write off — listen to this — the cost of equipment in the year they buy it. That is big. (Applause.) And that’s instead of having to take deductions and deduct the cost over a long period of time. Now that’s called incentive. That’s called incentive. (Applause.) This will be tremendously important to help American businesses afford the heavy industrial machinery and other capital investments they need to grow big and grow strong.
Joining us today is John Gannon, the owner of a custom wood fencing and deck construction company in Indianapolis. John is the father of nine children, and recently celebrated his 35th wedding anniversary. Congratulations, John. (Applause.)
And John is in the fencing company, as you heard, and I’m just thinking — I have to mention this — you know, we have a fence around the White House. (Laughter.) We have a fence around the White House, and they want to build a new fence. And I figured, you know — I’m pretty good at construction — I figured, I don’t know, maybe a million, maybe a million-and-a-half. And this has been taking place over a long period of time — previous administrations.
So I said, “how much is the fence you’re talking around the White House?” “Sir, the fence will cost approximately $50 million.” I said, “What?” (Laughter.) I kid you not, and we have thousands of things like that. Thousands. We’re going to get it all down, but think of that: $50 million. Now, I assume it’s a strong fence. (Laughter.) Okay? So, John, do you think you could do it for slightly less than $50 million? I think he could take $49 off right now and he’d have plenty of profit. Right? Right, John? It’s crazy. (Applause.) It’s crazy. Never understand it, but we’re working on it.
John says that a tax cut like we’re proposing will make his business more competitive, allowing him to expand, hire more workers, and raise wages for his current employees. Right, John?
Also with us is Aaron Williams, a father of two who works in the field of information technology. Where’s Aaron? Hello, Aaron. Hi. (Applause.) It’s a good field.
Aaron has seen the disastrous effects of high — and just literally, high corporate tax rates right up close and personal, as more and more high-tech jobs are shipped overseas. You’ve been watching it, Aaron. Right? All over. Like millions of other Americans, Aaron wants to bring those jobs back to the United States.
We’re going to reduce the tax rate on American businesses so they can keep jobs in America, Aaron; create jobs in America; compete for workers in America; and raise wages right here in America. You’re going to be in a much different position. Okay? (Applause.) Thank you. Tremendous incentives.
We want more products proudly stamped with those four beautiful words: Made in the USA. Right? (Applause.) Made in the USA.
Finally, our framework encourages American companies to bring back the trillions and trillions of dollars in wealth that’s parked overseas. Our current tax system — (applause) — trillions. And by the way, for years I’ve been hearing it’s 2.5 trillion. So I’ve been hearing this for about five years, so I assume it’s much more. Right? But Democrats want to do it, and Republicans want to do it. For years — who doesn’t want to do it? They want to bring — but they can’t do it because it’s so restrictive, and the taxes are so ridiculous. So they can’t do it. So the money stays in other countries, and it’s invested in other countries. We want to bring it back.
But think of it, it’s one of the few things — Democrats want it and Republicans want it. So they both want it, and yet for years they haven’t been able to do it. Now we’re doing it. We’re doing things. (Applause.)
You know, it’s one thing when we want a healthcare and they want a healthcare, and there’s a dispute. But here’s something everybody wants and they can’t do it. So you can tell you, there’s a broken system in D.C., but we’re getting it fixed rather — I think — rather rapidly. You’ll be seeing that over the next few months.
Our current tax system makes us one of the few developed nations in the world to punish our companies when they bring wealth earned overseas back into our country. We’re punishing them for bringing the money back in.
As a result, corporations have parked many trillions of dollars in foreign countries, and many have incorporated abroad in order to avoid our punitive tax system altogether. And some companies actually leave our country because they have so much money overseas — so much, it’s an incredible amount — that they move the company to get their money. We’re going to let them bring the money back home. (Applause.)
Our framework will stop punishing companies for keeping their headquarters in the United States. We’re punishing companies under our codes for being in the United States. We will impose a one-time low tax on returning money that is already offshore so that it can be brought back home to America where it belongs and where it can be put to work and work and work. (Applause.)
The framework I’ve just described represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reduce taxes, rebuild our economy, and restore America’s competitive edge. Finally. (Applause.)
And I have to say, just before coming here we released some of the details of the tax and the tax reform and the tax cuts, and it has really received tremendous, tremendous reviews. And if Senator Donnelly doesn’t approve it, because you know he’s on the other side, we will come here. We will campaign against him like you wouldn’t believe. (Applause.) I think they’re going to approve it. I think we’ll have — actually, I think we’ll have numerous Democrats come across because it’s the right thing to do.
These reforms will be a dramatic change from a failed tax system that encourages American businesses to ship jobs to foreign countries that have much lower tax rates. It’s what we can’t do. Our competitors have much lower tax rates. But no longer. My administration strongly rejects this offshoring model, and we have embraced the new model. It’s called — the American model. (Applause.)
Under the American model, we are reducing burdens on our businesses as long as they do business in our country. That’s what we want. We want them to do business in our country, not to leave our country like a number of firms from Indiana. Some made some great promises to me, but those promises are only being partially kept because they’re incentivized to leave. But now they’re going to be incentivized to stay. And if that doesn’t work, then we’ll get even tougher than that. Okay?
We want our companies to hire and grow in America and to raise wages for American workers, and to help rebuild American cities and towns. (Applause.)
That is how we will all succeed together and grow together as one team, one people, and one American family. We want it to happen here. (Applause.)
Tax reform has not historically been a partisan issue, and it does not have to be a partisan issue today. I really believe we’re going to have numerous Democrats come over and sign because it’s the right thing to do. I believe that it’s the right thing to do, and I know many of them. And they’re telling me it is the right thing to do. President Reagan’s tax cuts were passed with significant bipartisan majorities at a time when there was a Democrat majority in the House and a Democrat Speaker — Tip O’Neill.
Before that, Democrat President John F. Kennedy championed tax cuts that surged the economy and massively reduced unemployment. As President Kennedy very wisely said, “The single most important fiscal weapon available to strengthen the national economy is the federal tax policy. The right kind of tax cut at the right time” — at the right time, this is the right time — “is the most effective measure that this government could take to spur our economy forward.” That was President Kennedy. (Applause.)
My fellow Americans, this is the right tax cut, and this is the right time. Democrats and Republicans in Congress should come together, finally, to deliver this giant win for the American people and begin middle-class miracle — it’s called a middle-class miracle, once again. It’s also called a miracle for our great companies; a miracle for the middle class, for the working person.
I truly believe that many Democrats want to support our plan, and with enough encouragement from the American people, they will find the courage to do what is right for our great country. (Applause.) But they’ll only do it if you, the American people, make your voices heard. Only if you tell Congress to give us a tax code that puts American jobs first. And that’s what we’re doing. (Applause.)
History has proven time and time again that there is no power on Earth more awesome than the will of the American people. That is why today I am asking all Americans — Republican, Democrat, independent — to join with me, and with each other to demand tax reform that will truly, truly, truly make America great again. (Applause.)
Call your congressmen. Call your senators. Let them know you’re watching. Let them know you’re waiting. Tell them that today is the day for decision. That now is the time to heal this self-inflicted economic wound. And that with their action, the future will belong to all of us.
If you demand it, the politicians will listen. They will answer, and they will act. And someday, many years from now, our children and our grandchildren will remember this moment in history as the time when ordinary Americans took control of their destiny and chose a future of American patriotism, prosperity, and pride. (Applause.)
With your help and your voice, we will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our wealth, and for every citizen across this land, we will bring back our great American dreams.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)
TAX REFORM to Make America Great Again
The GOALS and DETAILS