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Office of the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominee
 

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate:
 
Justin R. Walker of Kentucky, to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
 

Justin Walker currently serves as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.  Judge Walker is also a part-time Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Ordered Liberty Program at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.  Before taking the bench in 2019, Judge Walker was Partner of Counsel at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP in Louisville, Kentucky, where his practice focused on commercial and appellate litigation.  Previously, Judge Walker was an appellate attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP.  Judge Walker served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and to then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Judge Walker earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Duke University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as Notes Editor on the Harvard Law Review.


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Office of the Press Secretary
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020

 
EDT
 
10:00AM             In-House Pool Call Time


11:30AM              THE PRESIDENT receives his intelligence briefing  
 
Oval Office
 
Closed Press
 
 
3:00PM                THE PRESIDENT participates in a roundtable with energy sector CEOs  
 
Cabinet Room
 
Closed Press
 
 
Briefing Schedule
 
 
5:00PM           Members of the Coronavirus Task Force hold a press briefing
 
James S. Brady Briefing Room
 
On Camera





Office of the Press Secretary

NOTICE
 
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CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SIGNIFICANT MALICIOUS CYBER-ENABLED ACTIVITIES

 
 
   On April 1, 2015, by Executive Order 13694, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the increasing prevalence and severity of malicious cyber‑enabled activities originating from, or directed by persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States.  On December 28, 2016, the President issued Executive Order 13757 to take additional steps to address the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13694.
 
   These significant malicious cyber-enabled activities continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.  For this reason, the national emergency declared on April 1, 2015, must continue in effect beyond April 1, 2020.  Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13694.
 
   This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.
 
 
                              DONALD J. TRUMP
 
 
THE WHITE HOUSE,
    March 30, 2020.
 

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Office of the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees
 

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate:
 
Cory T. Wilson of Mississippi, to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
 
Cory Wilson currently serves as a Judge on the Mississippi Court of Appeals.  Before taking the bench, Judge Wilson served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 2016 to 2019.  Prior to his elected service, Judge Wilson served as Senior Advisor and Counsel in the Mississippi State Treasurer’s Office and as Deputy Secretary of State in the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office.  Judge Wilson also served as a White House Fellow in the Department of Defense as a Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld from 2005 to 2006.  Upon graduation from law school, Judge Wilson served as a law clerk to Judge Emmett Ripley Cox of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Judge Wilson earned his B.B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served on the Yale Law Journal
 
Kristi Haskins Johnson of Mississippi, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Kristi Johnson currently serves as the Solicitor General of the State of Mississippi.  Before her appointment as Mississippi’s first Solicitor General earlier this year, Ms. Johnson served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi and was previously in private practice at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.  Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Johnson served as a law clerk to Judge Leslie H. Southwick of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and to Judge Sharion H. Aycock of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.  Ms. Johnson earned her B.A. from the University of Mississippi and her J.D., summa cum laude, from the Mississippi College School of Law, where she served as an editor for the Mississippi College Law Review.


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Office of the Press Secretary

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

 
    Today, I have signed into law H.R. 748, the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" or the "CARES" Act (the "Act").  The Act makes emergency supplemental appropriations and other changes to law to help the Nation respond to the coronavirus outbreak.  I note, however, that the Act includes several provisions that raise constitutional concerns.
 
    Section 15010(c)(3)(B) of Division B of the Act purports to require the Chairperson of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency to consult with members of the Congress regarding the selection of the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director for the newly formed Pandemic Response Accountability Committee.  The Committee is an executive branch entity charged with conducting and coordinating oversight of the Federal Government's response to the coronavirus outbreak.  I anticipate that the Chairperson will be able to consult with members of the Congress with respect to these hiring decisions and will welcome their input.  But a requirement to consult with the Congress regarding executive decision-making, including with respect to the President's Article II authority to oversee executive branch operations, violates the separation of powers by intruding upon the President's power and duty to supervise the staffing of the executive branch under Article II, section 1 (vesting the President with the "executive Power") and Article II, section 3 (instructing the President to "take Care" that the laws are faithfully executed).  Accordingly, my Administration will treat this provision as hortatory but not mandatory. 
 
    Section 4018 of Division A of the Act establishes a new Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) within the Department of the Treasury to manage audits and investigations of loans and investments made by the Secretary of the Treasury under the Act.  Section 4018(e)(4)(B) of the Act authorizes the SIGPR to request information from other government agencies and requires the SIGPR to report to the Congress "without delay" any refusal of such a request that "in the judgment of the Special Inspector General" is unreasonable.  I do not understand, and my Administration will not treat, this provision as permitting the SIGPR to issue reports to the Congress without the presidential supervision required by the Take Care Clause, Article II, section 3.
 
    Certain other provisions (such as sections 20001, 21007, and 21010 of Division B of the Act) purport to condition the authority of officers to spend or reallocate funds upon consultation with, or the approval of, one or more congressional committees.  These provisions are impermissible forms of congressional aggrandizement with respect to the execution of the laws.  The Congress may affect the execution of the laws only by enacting a new statute in accordance with the requirements of bicameralism and presentment prescribed in Article I, section 7.  My Administration will make appropriate efforts to notify the relevant committees before taking the specified actions and will accord the recommendations of such committees all appropriate and serious consideration, but it will not treat spending decisions as dependent on prior consultation with or the approval of congressional committees.
 
    Finally, several provisions (such as sections 3511(d)(4) and 3862 (creating section 744N(d)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act) of Division A of the Act) purport to require recommendations regarding legislation to the Congress.  Because Article II, section 3 gives the President the authority to recommend only "such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient," my Administration will continue the practice of treating provisions like these as advisory and non-binding.
 

 
                              DONALD J. TRUMP
 

 
 
THE WHITE HOUSE,
    March 27, 2020.
 
 

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Office of the Press Secretary
 
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
AT SIGNING OF H.R.748, THE CARES ACT
 
Oval Office
 
 
4:10 P.M. EDT
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you all very much.  This is a very important day.  I’ll sign the single-biggest economic relief package in American history and, I must say, or any other package, by the way.  It’s twice as large as any relief ever signed.  It’s $2.2 billion, but it actually goes up to 6.2 -- potentially -- billion dollars -- trillion dollars.  So you’re talking about 6.2 trillion-dollar bill.  Nothing like that.  And this will deliver urgently needed relief to our nation’s families, workers, and businesses.  And that’s what this is all about.
 
And it got a 96 to nothing.  And, I don't know, what was the number in Congress?
 
PARTICIPANT:  A voice vote.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  A voice?  It was fantastic.
 
PARTICIPANT:  I think it was just as close.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  That’s pretty amazing.  That’s about the same thing.  Right, Kevin?
 
LEADER MCCARTHY:  Yes.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  So, that’s fantastic.  But I want to thank Republicans and Democrats for coming together, setting aside their differences, and putting America first. 
 
This legislation provides for direct payments to individuals and unprecedented support to small businesses.  We’re going to keep our small businesses strong and our big businesses strong.  And that’s keeping our country strong and our jobs strong.
 
     This historic bill includes the following:
 
  • $300 billion in direct cash payments will be available to
every American citizen earning less than $99,000 per year; $3,400 for a typical family of four.  So a family of four: $3,400.
 
  • And then $350 billion in job retention loans for small
businesses, with loan forgiveness available for businesses that continue paying their workers.  The workers get paid.
 
  • Approximately $250 billion in expanded unemployment
benefits.  The average worker who has lost his or her job will receive 100 percent of their salary for up to four full months. 
 
So, things like this have never happened in our country.
 
  • $500 billion in support for hard-hit industries, with a ban
on corporate stock buybacks -- we don’t let them buy back the stock; we don’t let that happen -- and tough limits on executive compensation.
 
  • Over $100 billion to support our heroic doctors, nurses, and
hospitals.  And you see what’s happening.  And I want to thank, while we’re here, also the incredible job that’s done by the Army Corps of Engineers and by FEMA.  It’s been incredible.  They did four hospitals in two days or three days, in New York.  And they’re, like, incredible structures.  What a job they’ve been doing.  And they’re doing them all over the country.
 
  • $45 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund, supporting our
state, local, and tribal leaders.
 
  • $27 billion for the development of vaccines, therapies, and
other public health response efforts, including $16 billion to build up the Strategic National Stockpile with critical stockpiles.  And I’m going to -- we have tremendous supplies coming into the stockpile, and you’ll be seeing that and hearing about it in a little bit because we’re doing a news conference at 5:30 on what’s happening. 
 
We’ve had tremendous results on the respirators.  We’ve had great results on just about everything we’re talking about.  Boeing just announced that they’re going to be making the plastic field shields -- the actual shields, which are hard to come by, and they’re going to be making them by the thousands a week.  
 
And the ventilators, which is probably the most difficult because it’s like -- it’s like building a car -- we will be announcing thousands of -- are going to be built and we have them under contract and we have fast deliveries.  As you know, we delivered thousands to New York.  And unfortunately -- they were delivered to a warehouse, which was good -- unfortunately, they didn’t take them, but now they’re taking them.  New York is now taking them and redistributing them around the areas that they need.
 
So you have also $3.5 billion to states to expand childcare benefits for healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the frontlines of this crisis, and $1 billion for securing supplies under the Defense Protection Act.  And, as you know, I’ve enacted the act.  We’ve used it three or four times.  I pulled it back three times because the companies came through, in the end.  They didn’t need the act.  It’s been great leverage.
 
I have instituted it against General Electric.  We thought we had a deal for 40,000 ventilators and, all of the sudden, the 40,000 came down to 6,000.  And then they talked about a higher price than we were discussing, so I didn’t like it.  So we did -- we did activate it, with respect to General Motors.  And hopefully, maybe we won’t even need the full activation.  We’ll find out.  But we need the ventilators.
 
I said hello today -- I called him -- a wonderful guy, Boris Johnson.  As you know, he tested positive.  And before he even said hello, he said, “We need ventilators.”  I said, “Wow.  That’s a big statement.”  And hopefully, he’s going to be in good shape. 
 
I just spoke to Angela Merkel, and she’s quarantined also.  She is right now, for a period of two weeks, being forced to stay in her house.  So this is just an incredible situation.
 
Last night, I spoke to President Xi.  We talked about the experience that they had in China and all of the things that have taken place.  And we learned a lot.  They’ve had a very tough experience, and they’re doing well and he’s doing well.  President Xi is doing very well.  But we learned a lot and we have great communication together. 
 
We’re going to be sent great data from China -- things that happened that they see that -- you know, they’ve had a -- they’ve had an early experience, and we’re getting all of that information.  Much of it has already been sent.  It was sent yesterday and sent to our scientists to study.  So we’ll have more on that also.  We’ll be discussing that at 5:30.
 
I just want to thank the people behind me.  They’ve been incredible friends.  They’ve been warriors.  They -- there’s nobody tougher or smarter than the people standing alongside of me.  And I think I want to start off by asking Mitch and then Kevin to speak, and then we’re going to go through a few of the folks in the room if they’d like to say something. 
 
But, Mitch, I’d like -- I’d love to say a few words because you -- this man worked 24 hours a day for a long time.  This is the result.  It’s the biggest ever -- ever approved in Congress: 6.2 bill- -- $6.2 trillion.  So, you know, we used to get used to the billion.  It used to be million, then it was billion, now it’s trillion.  And it’s going to go a long way.  It’s going to make a lot of people very happy.
 
Mitch McConnell, please.
 
LEADER MCCONNELL:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Let me just say this is a proud moment for our country, for the President.  The Republicans and the Democrats all pulled together and passed the biggest bill in history in record time.
 
I also want to thank Kevin McCarthy and our leaders on the Republican side in the House who helped speed this through to passage.  The American people needed this rescue package, they needed it quickly, and we delivered.  It’s a proud moment for all of us.  Mr. President, thanks for the opportunity to be here.  
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  I’d love to shake your hand, but Anthony would get angry at me if I did that.  (Laughter.)  So I better not do it.  I can’t -- it’s so natural.  I just want to go back and shake his hand. 
 
They’ve done such an incredible job.  Kevin, please. 
    
LEADER MCCARTHY:  Yeah, I do want to start.  I want to thank all -- the real -- the real answer to America is: We’re listening to you.  You do your part, and we’re going to do ours, and that’s exactly what’s happening today. 
 
What Leader McConnell did was amazing.  He made it bipartisan, bicameral.  Everybody was involved.  I wish we could have signed this earlier this week; maybe there wouldn’t be as many people who are out of work.  But this will put people back to work. 
 
I also want to thank Secretary Mnuchin.  You’ve done an amazing job, and we thank you for that, and all the team that’s here. 
 
Look, as I said in my speech, the virus is here.  We didn’t ask for it.  We didn’t invite it.  We didn’t choose it.  But we are going to defeat it together because we’re going to work together, and this is the first start of it.  The hospitals will get money -- the money they need.  The small businesses will be able to hire their employees back.  That is a grant; you don’t have to borrow from that place.  The other businesses get a retention to keep your employees on.  This has something for everything. 
 
And to the task force and the Vice President, all the work that you’re doing with this President, this will be the needed resources you need as well.  And thank you for that, and thank you for your leadership, Mr. President. 
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Very special. 
    
Mike Pence?  Mike?  Could you please say something?  You’ve been working very hard, in charge of our task force.  And then I’d like to ask Steve to say a few words.
 
THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Thanks for giving me the opportunity just to express all of our appreciation and the gratitude to the American people for the accomplishment that’s reflected in the legislation that you’ll sign in just a few moments. 
 
You told the American people that we would do whatever it takes.  You called on the Congress to step forward to make coronavirus testing free for every American, to make paid family leave available. 
 
The Congress, with the leaders gathered around us here, stepped forward in a bipartisan fashion and delivered.  But today, every American family, every American business, can know that help is on the way. 
 
And I want to thank Leader McConnell for his yeoman’s work in really forging a bipartisan bill in the United States Senate.  I want to thank Leader McCarthy for his great work.  But as the President said, I also want to thank the Democrat and Republican leadership across the House and Senate.  This is an American accomplishment.  And, Mr. President, it’s exactly what you asked the Congress to deliver for the American people.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, Mike.  And Steve Mnuchin, you know how hard he’s been working.  And, Steve, please say a few words.
 
SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Mr. President, thank you very much for your leadership and for the Vice President’s leadership.  You made it very clear to us, last week, we should think big, that this was a war on the virus, and that we should have the resources to protect American workers and American business.
 
And I’d like to thank the Senate.  It was a great honor, Mitch, to work with you and everyone on a bipartisan basis to get this done.  This is going to be a great thing for the American workers.  And, Kevin McCarthy, thank you for all the work in the House did to pass this quickly.
 
So, at Treasury, as I’ve said, we are committed to move forward quickly, and we’re going to get money in people’s pockets quickly. 
 
Thank you, Mr. President. 
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Great job, Steve.  Gene?  Please. 
 
SECRETARY SCALIA:  This is a great day for American workers, protecting American workers, American jobs.  It’s been a hallmark of this presidency, and this bill today is another very important step in that direction.  It includes unprecedented support for American workers who’ve lost their jobs, through no fault of their own because of this virus, and gives them, as near as we could, the same wage they would have gotten, through unemployment insurance if they’d been able to keep their jobs, for up to four months.
 
I think even more important, it includes $350 billion in loans for small business, but it’s structured in a way to incentivize them to keep their workers on payroll so that those loans could be forgiven at the end of the period. 
And it comes on top of legislation the President asked -- signed last week for paid leave for workers who have to be at home because of the virus.  Paid leave reimbursed in full, dollar for dollar, to the employers.  It’s the first federal paid leave law for the private sector ever.  And that also was achieved on an unprecedented, bipartisan basis. 
 
This is the third major bipartisan piece of legislation in three weeks -- three bills, three weeks -- to address this virus.
 
So again, I want to thank the President for his leadership, his commitment to American workers, the Vice President as well, and Leader McConnell, and also my colleague, Secretary Mnuchin who did work so hard to help you get this done.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Gene, very much.
 
Dr. Fauci, you may want to just say for a minute what hit the world.  Something hit the world, and the world maybe will never be the quite same.  But we're going to make it a great place anyway.  But certainly, you could maybe say a few words about it, please. 
 
DR. FAUCI:  Well, thank you, Mr. President.  And I want to thank everyone involved in this.  This is what America is all about: a bipartisan approach, with your leadership, to do something that's sorely needed by the American people.
 
Dr. Birx and I and all of our medical people here are fighting the virus directly.  But the virus has an impact on the American people, both directly by illness and death, but also indirectly, because many of the things that we have to do to suppress the virus has a negative impact because of what we're doing.  To give them relief economically is absolutely essential. 
 
So I feel really, really good about what's happening today.  Thank you all very much.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Tony.  Thank you very much.
 
Deborah, perhaps you could say a few words or so about --
 
DR. BIRX:  Well, thank you, Mr. President.  Dr. Fauci covered it very well.  As many of you know, I worked for him and he was my mentor 40 years ago. 
 
I think whenever we start with one of these very serious diseases and a pandemic, the President's first goal was ensuring the health of the American people, and that's why we put out these very strong guidance. 
 
It's been a pleasure to work with the economic team here because they understand data in the same way.  Economic data and health data is very similar in how you have to interpret it in a very granular way.  And I think recognizing that the health of the American people is first, but the economic value of the nation is also critical. 
 
And I just want to thank all of you for what you've done for the American people today.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Great job you’re doing too.  Thank you.
 
Kevin, please.
 
REPRESENTATIVE BRADY:  So just 20 days ago, I don't know that anyone could have imagined how hard we've been hit medically or economically.  But 20 days ago, I don't think anyone could have imagined Congress pulling together so quickly and so forcefully behind what the President identified we needed for this country.  This is a proud moment for all of us.  And it's just an example of what leadership can provide here in the White House, and then how we can respond as a Congress. 
 
So thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  And I'm just saying, as Kevin is saying that, 20 days ago -- a couple of days longer than that, maybe -- we had a smooth-running, beautiful machine.  We had the greatest economy in the history of our country.  We had the highest stock price we've ever seen.  It went up, I think, 151 times during the course of the presidency.  And then we got hit by the invisible enemy, and we got hit hard.  But it wasn't just us, it was 151 countries, I think, as of the -- as of this morning.
 
And you call Germany and speak to Angela -- she's in quarantine.  And as you know, Boris was diagnosed that he's positive.  And all of the things that are happening, it's hard to believe what's gone on just in a short period of time. 
 
And because of the talent behind me and lots of other talent in government, what we've done -- this is a big part of it, obviously, but not the biggest part.  Everybody has pulled together.  Our nation has pulled together.  The spirit is incredible.  The people have pulled together more than anyone and better than anybody.  And they’re doing really, really well. 
 
But just to think how life can change where you go, 20 to 22 days ago, everything is perfect, we're looking forward.  I'm saying, "When are we going to hit 30,000?  I want 30,000."  That means more jobs and more everything.  And then, one day, we get hit with this thing that nobody ever heard of before.  Nobody ever even heard of before.  And now we're fighting a different battle. 
 
But I really think, in a fairly short period of time, because of what they've done and what everyone has done, I really think we're going to be stronger than ever.  And we'll be protected from a lot of this.  A lot of the things, Anthony, that we've done now -- that we're doing now -- are going to protect us in the future if this should happen again. 
    
DR. FAUCI:  Absolutely.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  From testing to so many other --
 
DR. FAUCI:  Vaccines.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Even stockpiles.  Right?
 
DR. FAUCI:  And vaccines.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, the vaccines, hopefully.  And vaccines, cures, therapeutics -- whatever you want to call it -- it's a lot of progress.  And I think on that score, I think we're going to do a lot of progress on vaccines.  We're making, perhaps, a lot of progress on cures and therapeutics.  We'll be letting you know.
 
Anybody else have anything?  Greg, please.  Go ahead, fellas.
 
REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN:  I would just say, I've never seen you shy away from a challenge.  Your leadership and your policies and this great team brought America this enormous economy.  And guess what?  You get to do it again.  This bill is the next step in that, and we can build back this economy with your leadership and with the healthcare team you've got here too.  We're doing the right thing for the American people, and they know that.  I can tell you that from the ground.  It's not easy.  It's not easy. 
 
THE PRESIDENT:  No, it’s not.
 
REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN:  We don’t want to shelter in place, as Americans.  We want to be out, especially northwest. 
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.
 
REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN:  But we know we have to do this for the safety of our relatives and families and our community and our country.  So thanks for your leadership --
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.
 
REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN:  -- and the great team you've assembled. 
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Appreciate it very much.
 
REPRESENTATIVE CHABOT:  On behalf of small businesses, they're the backbone of the American economy.  About half the people that work in America work for a small business, and they're hurting out there right now.  I'm from Ohio.  I'm the ranking member of the House Small Business Committee.  And back there, nonessential small businesses are shut down. 
 
Without this legislation, it's questionable whether they would reopen.  Because of this legislation, they now have a great chance of that.  And those people that work for small businesses, who are shuttered now, will be paid.  That's really important.  This wouldn’t have passed without your leadership, Mr. President.  Thank you.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  And, you know, Eric worked so hard.  You all know Eric.  And he was at Steve's side the whole way.  And where is our man?  Do I see Larry?  Yeah, Larry.  The two of them.  How about Eric and then Larry say a couple of words and (inaudible.)
 
MR. UELAND:  Well, thank you very much, Mr. President.  I really appreciate it, and Mr. Vice President, as well.  So you encouraged your team to be bold, be brave, and go big.  And we certainly delivered today.  (Laughter.)  $6.2 trillion is tremendous.  So we've made sure that we can reassure Americans that their paycheck is protected and that their earnings are protected.  We've made sure that we can provide significant reinforcement to the American economy as a result of your leadership. 
 
And, finally, looking ahead to address the virus, we've included significant resources in order to ensure that those therapies and ultimately that vaccine can come online as quickly as possible.  So, protecting the public health and protecting the economic health of America is what you've directed us to do.  And together, with the team, we've worked hard to deliver today.
 
Thank you very much, Mr. President.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  And Steve is going to work very hard on getting the money out quickly, and hopefully it can be distributed very quickly, especially when they have some old computer equipment that they have to use.  But you’re going to work on that very hard.
    
SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  We are indeed.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Larry, please.  Larry Kudlow.
 
MR. KUDLOW:  Oh, thanks, sir.  Just hats off to Mitch McConnell who did an amazing job, and House leadership as well.  And I agree with the bipartisanship.  I want to give special thanks to my friend Steven Mnuchin, who I think did an extraordinary job.  We were up there helping him out in one spot or another.  But he's indefatigable and got it done.
 
And I'll just say this, Mr. President: A few months ago, this economy was roaring and we’ve hit this -- literally, this bug, this virus.  And we will deal with it.  And I think the assistance bill here, which does have growth incentives, will help lead us back to a very strong economic rebound before this year is over.
 
Thank you, sir.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  I think that too.  I think we're going to have a tremendous rebound at the end of the year -- toward the end of the year.  I think we're going to have a rebound like we have never seen before.  Even now it wants to rebound.  You can see it, feel it.  It wants to rebound so badly.
 
And, you know, we’ve had those really big -- I guess, the biggest-ever stock market surge two days ago.  And yesterday, it was great.  Three biggest days in the history of the stock market.  It wants to rebound so badly, but we have to get rid of the bug, we have to get rid of the virus.
 
Now, I’m going to sign this, and it’s a great honor -- $6.2 trillion.  I’ve never signed anything with a “T” on it.  (Laughter.)  I don’t know if I can handle this one, Mitch.  (Laughter.)  We can't chicken out at this point, can we?.  (Laughter.)  I don’t think so, huh? 
 
All right.  Thank you all.
 
(The CARES Act is signed.)
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Good.  I wanted them to be a nice signature. (Applause.)  Come on, fellas.  Come on over here.  Elaine.  What a job she’s doing with transportation.  How’s transportation?  Okay? 
 
SECRETARY CHAO:  Fine.  You always talk about the supply chain.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  I do.
 
SECRETARY CHAO:  It’s really important. 
 
THE PRESIDENT:  I do.
 
SECRETARY CHAO:  This bill is going to help the supply chain and the workers.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Anthony?  Thank you.  Thanks, Tony, very much.  Bob Lighthizer, thank you very much.  Bob was a little less involved in this.  He’s too busy making trade deals.
 
Okay?  You have one?  You definitely have to have one.  Go ahead.  You’re all set.
 
Thank you, everybody.  So we’re going to have a 5:30 news conference in the same location.  Seems to be doing quite well.  And we appreciate everything.  And we really appreciate the fairness, at least from most of the press.  We really do.  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.
 
Q    Mr. President, there was that rare moment of agreement today between you and Senator Kerry over --
 
THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.
 
Q    -- this issue with Massie.  Can you expand a bit on that?
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Well, he made a little joke about a man named Congressman Massie.  I thought he was totally out of line -- Congressman Massie.  Because of that, I guess a lot of people had to come back, and they had to go into a place, which, frankly, we’re not supposed to be at, you know, in light of -- of what we’re doing with Deborah and Tony and all of the professionals. 
 
So people had to come back, and just no reason for it.  So John Kerry made a little joke out of it, and I agreed with his joke.  And I said, I never knew he had that kind of a personality.  But we actually put it up, and he was right.
 
Okay, we’ll see you in a couple of minutes, folks.  Thank you very much.
 
                                            END                 4:33 P.M. EDT
 
 
 
 
 

 
 





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TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
 

 

March 27, 2020

 
 
 
Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
 
Effective today, in accordance with section 301 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1631), section 12302 of title 10, United States Code and sections 2127, 2308, 2314, 3735 of title 14, United States Code, I am authorizing the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, with respect to the Coast Guard, to order units and individual members of the Selected Reserve, and certain Individual Ready Reserve members, to active duty to augment the active forces for the effective conduct of coronavirus disease response.  This authority is necessary to ensure the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security can properly conduct operations required to meet our evolving security challenges and to support the United States Government response to COVID-19.
 
A copy of the Executive Order I issued is enclosed.
 
                              Sincerely,
 
 
 
                              DONALD J. TRUMP

 
 

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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS TAKING NECESSARY SAFETY MEASURES AT THE BORDER TO PREVENT FURTHER SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS

“I will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives, health, and safety of the American people. I will always put the wellbeing of America first.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH: President Trump is taking action at our northern and southern borders to prevent further spread of the coronavirus in the United States.

  • The United States has reached mutual agreements with Canada and Mexico to restrict non-essential travel across our northern and southern borders.
  • The United States will expeditiously return aliens who cross between ports of entry or are otherwise not allowed to enter the country, as the facilities in which these aliens would normally be held cannot support quarantine for the time needed to assess potential cases.
    • These aliens are processed in stations designed for short-term processing, where distancing is not a viable option, creating a serious danger of an outbreak.  
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that these conditions present a serious infection control challenge and are a risk to public health.
    • Should an outbreak occur at these facilities, local medical facilities would be forced to devote extensive resources and may become overwhelmed.   
    • This action will also protect the health of our country’s dedicated border agents and other law enforcement personnel, who are vital to the security of our Nation.
  • Trade and business travel will continue to operate across our borders, ensuring workers and goods are not impeded.
    • American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and individuals with valid travel documents will be exempted.
    • CBP will continue to process cargo, as there has been no identified health threat related to cargo shipments.
    • Entry for trade and business travel will continue to operate with additional screening.  
SAFETY MEASURES AT THE BORDER: Numerous countries around the world have taken safety measures at their borders to stem the spread of the virus.  
  • The President, like dozens of other leaders across the world, is taking action to protect the health and wellbeing of our citizens during this public health crisis.
  • Similar measures have been taken by numerous countries.
    • A number of countries have closed or restricted their borders to neighboring countries or the international community together.
STEMMING THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS: President Trump acted early and decisively to restrict travel from impacted areas and continues to do so.
  • President Trump took action early to restrict travel from China and stem the spread of coronavirus to the United States.
  • The President took further action to restrict travel from additional impacted areas, including Iran, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.
    • American citizens are exempt from the travel restrictions and are being routed to select airports, where they can be properly screened.
  • The State Department has issued a global level 4 travel advisory, informing Americans that they should avoid all international travel.
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Photos of the Week

Vice President Mike Pence meets with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force Saturday, March 14, 2020, in the White House Situation Room. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)







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EXECUTIVE ORDER
 
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PRIORITIZING AND ALLOCATING HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESOURCES TO RESPOND TO THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

 
 

     By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (50 U.S.C. 4501 et seq.) (the "Act"), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:
 
     Section 1.  Policy and Findings.  On March 13, 2020, I declared a national emergency recognizing the threat that the novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 poses to our national security.  In recognizing the public health risk, I noted that on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that the outbreak of COVID-19 (the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2) can be characterized as a pandemic.  I also noted that while the Federal Government, along with State and local governments, have taken preventive and proactive measures to slow the spread of the virus and to treat those affected, the spread of COVID-19 within our Nation's communities threatens to strain our Nation's healthcare system.  To ensure that our healthcare system is able to surge capacity and capability to respond to the spread of COVID-19, it is critical that all health and medical resources needed to respond to the spread of COVID-19 are properly distributed to the Nation's healthcare system and others that need them most at this time.
 
     Accordingly, I find that health and medical resources needed to respond to the spread of COVID-19, including personal protective equipment and ventilators, meet the criteria specified in section 101(b) of the Act (50 U.S.C. 4511(b)).  Under the delegation of authority provided in this order, the Secretary of Health and Human Services may identify additional specific health and medical resources that meet the criteria of section 101(b).    
 
     Sec. 2 Priorities and Allocation of Medical Resources
 
     (a)  Notwithstanding Executive Order 13603 of March 16, 2012 (National Defense Resource Preparedness), the authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act to require performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, and to implement the Act in subchapter III of chapter 55 of title 50, United States Code, is delegated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to all health and medical resources needed to respond to the spread of COVID-19 within the United States.
 
     (b)  The Secretary of Health and Human Services may use the authority under section 101 of the Act to determine, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce and the heads of other executive departments and agencies as appropriate, the proper nationwide priorities and allocation of all health and medical resources, including controlling the distribution of such materials (including applicable services) in the civilian market, for responding to the spread of COVID-19 within the United States.
 
     (c)  The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall issue such orders and adopt and revise appropriate rules and regulations as may be necessary to implement this order.  
 
     Sec. 3 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 of the Office of Management and Budget 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,
    March 18, 2020.

 

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Memorandum from the President's Physician
 




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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP HAS TAKEN UNPRECEDENTED STEPS TO RESPOND TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF AMERICANS

“Together we are putting into policy a plan to prevent, detect, treat and create a vaccine against coronavirus to save lives in America and the world. America will get it done!” – President Donald J. Trump

 

RESTRICTING TRAVEL FROM IMPACTED AREAS: President Donald J. Trump is taking further action to curb the spread of the coronavirus to the United States from other countries.

  • President Trump is issuing a proclamation under section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to restrict travel to the United States from foreign nationals who have recently been in certain European countries.
    • Section 212(f) of the INA only applies to the movement of human beings, not goods or cargo.
  • The restriction applies to foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen Area, 26 countries in Europe with open borders agreements, in the last 14 days.   
  • Those who are exempt from these restrictions, such as American citizens, will be directed to a limited number of airports where screening can take place.
  • There is extensive travel back and forth between Europe that heightens the risk here in the United States. 
LOOKING OUT FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND WORKERS: President Donald J. Trump is committed to protecting American businesses and workers from the impacts of coronavirus.
  • The President is announcing an economic assistance package to help support businesses and workers who have been harmed by this outbreak.  
  • President Trump has instructed the Small Business Administration (SBA) to exercise available authority to provide loans to businesses affected by the coronavirus.
    • These loans will help overcome disruptions caused by the coronavirus. 
    • The President is calling on Congress to increase funding for this program by an additional $50 billion.
  • The President will be instructing the Department of the Treasury to defer tax payments for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus.  
    • This action will provide more than $200 billion of additional liquidity to the economy.
  • President Trump is calling on Congress to immediately pass payroll tax relief.  
  • The President announced that he will soon be taking emergency action to provide financial relief for workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others due to the coronavirus.
    • The President also called on Congress to take action to extend this relief for workers.
LEADING AN AGGRESSIVE, WHOLE-OF-GOVERNMENT APPROACH: President Trump has taken unprecedented steps to protect the health of Americans in response to the coronavirus.
  • The President is leveraging all of our resources to respond to the coronavirus, bringing together government and private industry in a collaborative response.
  • The Trump Administration declared a public health emergency in January to bolster response efforts.
  • President Trump took early action to help curb the spread of the virus from other countries to the United States, providing important time for response and preparations.
    • In January, President Trump acted quickly to restrict travel from foreign nationals traveling from China.
    • In February, the President restricted travel for individuals recently traveling from Iran.
    • The Administration put into place mandatory screening for all travelers coming into the country from Italy and South Korea.
    • Travel advisories for severely impacted areas like Italy and South Korea have been raised to their highest level.
  • Today, the President directed his Administration to make general-use face masks available to our healthcare workers. 
    • The Administration’s actions will help make millions of general-use respirators available to keep healthcare workers safe and mitigate transmission of the virus.
  • President Trump signed into law more than $8 billion to fund response efforts.
  • The Administration has taken bold steps to incentivize the development of therapeutics and vaccines to treat and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Working across the public and private sectors, the Trump Administration continues to drastically expand testing capacity.
    • More than 1 million tests have been distributed nationwide, with another 4 million tests being shipped out by the end of the week.
    • Testing is now available in every State lab in the country and commercial labs are now deploying tests, which will help generate a dramatic increase in availability.
  • The Trump Administration has released guidance on how to keep businesses, schools, community gathering places, and families safe.
    • From the start, President Trump has made keeping the public informed a top priority.
  • The Administration has announced that health plans with health savings accounts will be able to cover coronavirus testing and treatment without co-payments.
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SUSPENSION OF ENTRY AS IMMIGRANTS AND NONIMMIGRANTS OF CERTAIN ADDITIONAL PERSONS WHO POSE A RISK OF TRANSMITTING 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
 
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
A PROCLAMATION
 

 
     On January 31, 2020, I issued Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address This Risk).  I found that the potential for widespread transmission of a novel (new) coronavirus (which has since been renamed "SARS-CoV-2" and causes the disease COVID-19) ("SARS-CoV-2" or "the virus") by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security.  Because the outbreak of the virus was at the time centered in the People's Republic of China, I suspended and limited the entry of all aliens who were physically present within the People's Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States, subject to certain exceptions.  On February 29, 2020, in recognition of the sustained person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the Islamic Republic of Iran, I issued Proclamation 9992 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus), suspending and limiting the entry of all aliens who were physically present within the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States, subject to certain exceptions.
 
     The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the Department of Health and Human Services, has determined that the virus presents a serious public health threat, and CDC continues to take steps to prevent its spread.  But CDC, along with State and local health departments, has limited resources, and the public health system could be overwhelmed if sustained human-to-human transmission of the virus occurred in the United States on a large scale.  Sustained human-to-human transmission has the potential to cause cascading public health, economic, national security, and societal consequences.
 
     The World Health Organization has determined that multiple countries within the Schengen Area are experiencing sustained person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2.  For purposes of this proclamation, the Schengen Area comprises 26 European states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.  The Schengen Area currently has the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases outside of the People's Republic of China.  As of March 11, 2020, the number of cases in the 26 Schengen Area countries is 17,442, with 711 deaths, and shows high continuous growth in infection rates.  In total, as of March 9, 2020, the Schengen Area has exported 201 COVID-19 cases to 53 countries.  Moreover, the free flow of people between the Schengen Area countries makes the task of managing the spread of the virus difficult.
 
     The United States Government is unable to effectively evaluate and monitor all of the travelers continuing to arrive from the Schengen Area.  The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from the Schengen Area threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security.  Given the importance of protecting persons within the United States from the threat of this harmful communicable disease, I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.  The free flow of commerce between the United States and the Schengen Area countries remains an economic priority for the United States, and I remain committed to facilitating trade between our nations. 
 
     NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 212(f) and 215(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f) and 1185(a), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, hereby find that the unrestricted entry into the United States of persons described in section 1 of this proclamation would, except as provided for in section 2 of this proclamation, be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and that their entry should be subject to certain restrictions, limitations, and exceptions.  I therefore hereby proclaim the following:
 
     Section 1 Suspension and Limitation on Entry.  The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is hereby suspended and limited subject to section 2 of this proclamation.
 
     Sec. 2 Scope of Suspension and Limitation on Entry
 
     (a)  Section 1 of this proclamation shall not apply to:
 
          (i)     any lawful permanent resident of the United States;
 
          (ii)    any alien who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
 
          (iii)   any alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21;
 
          (iv)    any alien who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
 
          (v)     any alien who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications;
 
          (vi)    any alien traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus;
 
          (vii)   any alien traveling as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a C-1, D, or C-1/D nonimmigrant visa as a crewmember or any alien otherwise traveling to the United States as air or sea crew;
 
          (viii)  any alien
 

               (A)  seeking entry into or transiting the United States pursuant to one of the following visas:  A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), E-1 (as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee's immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a nonimmigrant in one of those NATO categories); or

               (B)  whose travel falls within the scope of section 11 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement;

 
          (ix)    any alien whose entry would not pose a significant risk of introducing, transmitting, or spreading the virus, as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the CDC Director or his designee;
 
          (x)     any alien whose entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees, based on a recommendation of the Attorney General or his designee;
 
          (xi)    any alien whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees; or
 
          (xii)   members of the U.S. Armed Forces and spouses and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
 
     (b)  Nothing in this proclamation shall be construed to affect any individual's eligibility for asylum, withholding of removal, or protection under the regulations issued pursuant to the legislation implementing the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, consistent with the laws and regulations of the United States.
 
     Sec. 3 Implementation and Enforcement.  (a)  The Secretary of State shall implement this proclamation as it applies to visas pursuant to such procedures as the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, may establish.  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall implement this proclamation as it applies to the entry of aliens pursuant to such procedures as the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may establish.
 
     (b)  Consistent with applicable law, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure that any alien subject to this proclamation does not board an aircraft traveling to the United States.
 
     (c)  The Secretary of Homeland Security may establish standards and procedures to ensure the application of this proclamation at and between all United States ports of entry.
 
     (d)  An alien who circumvents the application of this proclamation through fraud, willful misrepresentation of a material fact, or illegal entry shall be a priority for removal by the Department of Homeland Security.
 
     Sec. 4 Termination.  This proclamation shall remain in effect until terminated by the President.  The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall recommend that the President continue, modify, or terminate this proclamation as described in section 5 of Proclamation 9984, as amended.
 
     Sec. 5.  Effective Date.  This proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on March 13, 2020.  This proclamation does not apply to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States that departed prior to 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on March 13, 2020.
 
     Sec. 6.  Severability.  It is the policy of the United States to enforce this proclamation to the maximum extent possible to advance the national security, public safety, and foreign policy interests of the United States.  Accordingly:
 
     (a)  if any provision of this proclamation, or the application of any provision to any person or circumstance, is held to be invalid, the remainder of this proclamation and the application of its provisions to any other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby; and
 
     (b)  if any provision of this proclamation, or the application of any provision to any person or circumstance, is held to be invalid because of the lack of certain procedural requirements, the relevant executive branch officials shall implement those procedural requirements to conform with existing law and with any applicable court orders.
 
     Sec. 7 General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this proclamation 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 of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
 
     (b)  This proclamation shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
 
     (c)  This proclamation 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.
 
     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
 

 
 
                              DONALD J. TRUMP

 

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On Friday, March 6, 2020, the President signed into law:
 
H.R. 6074, the "Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020," which provides additional fiscal year 2020 emergency supplemental funding for combatting the spread of the coronavirus at the local, State, national, and international levels and to prepare for the impacts that it may have on the Nation.

 

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Statement by the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump will meet President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday, March 7, 2020.  President Trump and President Bolsonaro will discuss opportunities to build a more prosperous, secure, and democratic world.  As leaders of the Hemisphere’s two largest economies, they will also discuss opportunities for restoring democracy in Venezuela, bringing peace to the Middle East, implementing pro-growth trade policies, and investing in infrastructure.  The President will use this meeting as an opportunity to thank Brazil for its strong alliance with the United States. 

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Statement from the Press Secretary 

Today, the President designated United States Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as Acting Director of National Intelligence.   Ambassador Grenell was confirmed to his role as Ambassador by the Senate in April 2018, and he has years of experience working with our Intelligence Community in a number of additional positions, including as Special Envoy for Serbia-Kosovo Negotiations and as United States spokesman to the United Nations.  He is committed to a non-political, non-partisan approach as head of the Intelligence Community, on which our safety and security depend.  The President has every confidence that Ambassador Grenell will perform his new duties with distinction.

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REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
AT THE 68TH NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
 
Washington Hilton
Washington, D.C.

 
 
9:11 A.M. EST
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Well, thank you very much.  I'm working very hard for you, I will tell you.  (Laughter.)  And sometimes you don’t make it easy, and I certainly don’t make it easy on you.  (Laughter.)  And I will continue that tradition, if I might, this morning.  And, Arthur, I don't know if I agree with you.  (Laughter.)  But I don't know if Arthur is going to like what I'm going to say.  (Laughter.)  But I love listening to you.  It's really great.  Thank you very much.
 
     And thank you, congressmen, for the great job you've been doing and the relationship and the help.  You're a warrior.  Thank you very much.  And, Kevin, you're a warrior.  Thank you.  The job you've done is incredible.  It wasn’t supposed to be that way.  A lot of extra work.  Unnecessary work.   
 
     It’s wonderful to be with the thousands of religious believers for the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast.  I've been here from the first one, where I had the privilege of being asked.  I've been with you for a long time before then.  And we've made tremendous progress.  Tremendous progress.  You know what we've done.  I don’t think anybody has done more than all of us together during these last three years.  And it's been my honor.
 
     But this morning, we come together as one nation, blessed to live in freedom and grateful to worship in peace.  As everybody knows, my family, our great country, and your President, have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people.  They have done everything possible to destroy us, and by so doing, very badly hurt our nation.  They know what they are doing is wrong, but they put themselves far ahead of our great country.
 
     Weeks ago, and again yesterday, courageous Republican politicians and leaders had the wisdom, the fortitude, and strength to do what everyone knows was right.  I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.  Nor do I like people who say, "I pray for you," when they know that that's not so.
 
     So many people have been hurt, and we can't let that go on.  And I'll be discussing that a little bit later at the White House. 
 
     We're joined today by two people whose faith inspires us all: our amazing, wonderful friend, Vice President Mike Pence -- (applause) -- and his wonderful wife, Karen.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you.
 
     Thank you to all of our great political leaders out there -- so many that I've been working with so hard over the last three years.  And we've accomplished so much.  And to members of my Cabinet in attendance -- Secretary Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper, David Bernhardt -- (applause) -- Gene Scalia, Alex Azar, Ben Carson, Dan Brouillette, Betsy DeVos, Robert Wilke, and Administrator Jovita Carranza.
 
     Joining us -- (applause) -- for this cherished tradition are a lot of friends in the audience.  And many, really, have become friends.  They are political leaders.  They've become great friends.  That's all I get to meet anymore.  (Laughter.)  That and the enemies and the allies.  And we have them all.  We have allies.  We have enemies.  Sometimes the allies are enemies, but we just don’t know it.  (Laughter.)  But we're changing all that.  But thank you all, and thank you all for being here. 
 
     I also want to welcome foreign dignitaries from more than 140 countries.  That's something.  (Applause.)  That's something.  Everyone here today is united by a shared conviction.  We know that our nation is stronger, our future is brighter, and our joy is greater when we turn to God and ask him to shed his grace on our lives.
 
     On Tuesday, I addressed Congress on the state of the Union and the great American comeback.  That's what it is.  (Applause.)  Our country has never done better than it is doing right now.  Our economy is the strongest it has ever been.  And for those of you that are interested in stocks, it looks like the stock market will be way up again today. 
 
     According to the latest Gallup poll that just came out a little while ago, a few minutes ago, American satisfaction is at the highest level ever recorded.  Can you imagine?  And that's from Gallup -- no friend of mine.  (Applause.)  Ninety percent of Americans say they are satisfied with their personal lives.  How about that?  Isn't that something?  Just came out today.  (Applause.)  They must have known I was going to be here.  (Laughter.) 
 
     In everything we do, we are creating a culture that protects freedom, and that includes religious freedom.  (Applause.)  
 
     As I said on Tuesday in the House Chamber, “In America, we don’t punish prayer.  We don’t tear down crosses.  We don’t ban symbols of faith.  We don’t muzzle preachers."  We don’t muzzle pastors.  "In America, we celebrate faith, we cherish religion, we lift our voices in prayer, and we raise our sights to the Glory of God.”  (Applause.) 
 
     So much of the greatness we have achieved, the mysteries we’ve unlocked, and the wonders we’ve built, the challenges we’ve met, and the incredible heights that we’ve reached has come from the faith of our families and the prayers of our people.  
 
     Before America declared independence, patriots in all 13 colonies came together in days of fasting and prayer.  In the bitter cold of Valley Forge, Washington and his men had no food, no supplies, and very little chance of victory.  It reminded me a little bit of 2016.  We had very little chance of victory.  (Laughter.)  Except for the people in this room and some others believed we were going to win.  I believed we were going to win.  But what they did have was have an unwavering belief that God was with them.  I believe that too. God is with the people in this room. 
 
     Before a single skyscraper rose up in New York City, thousands of poor American families donated all they could to build the magnificent St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  (Applause.)   
When Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon, he said, “Houston, I would like to request a few moments of silence.”  Then, he read from the Bible.  (Applause.) 
 
     At every stage, our nation’s long march for civil rights was inspired, sustained, and uplifted by faith, prayer, and devotion of religious believers.
 
     To protect faith communities, I have taken historic action to defend religious liberty, including the constitutional right to pray in public schools.  (Applause.)
 
     We can also talk about the Johnson Amendment.  We can talk about Mexico City Policy.  We've done a lot.  But I also recently took executive action to stop taxpayer dollars from going to colleges and universities that spread the poison of anti-Semitism and bad things about Christianity.  (Applause.) 
 
     We are upholding the sanctity of life -- sanctity of life.  (Applause.)  And we are doing that like nobody has ever done it before from this position.  You better get out and vote on November 3rd -- (laughter) -- because you have a lot of people out there that aren’t liking what we're doing. 
 
     And we're pursuing medical breakthroughs to save premature babies because every child is a sacred gift from God.  (Applause.) 
 
     Together, we are building the world's most prosperous and inclusive society.  We are lifting up citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed.  We are bringing hope to forgotten communities.  And more Americans are working today -- 160 million.  A little bit short.  Just a little bit.  One hundred and sixty million.  We've never been even close -- than ever before.  Think of it: More Americans are working today -- almost 160 million -- than ever before.  Our unemployment numbers are the best in the history of our country.  (Applause.)   
 
     A more specific number and numbers that you hear me say, if you listen: African American, Asian American, Hispanic American -- the best unemployment numbers in the history of our country.  Women -- best in 71 years.  Sorry.  We'll have you there soon.  Soon, it will be "historic."  I have to apologize to the women; it's only 71 years. 
 
     But the best unemployment numbers, we have -- we're doing things that nobody thought possible.  We're setting records that nobody thought achievable.    
 
     And to give former prisoners a second chance at life, which so many people in this room have worked on for so long -- (applause) -- we passed criminal justice reform into law, and I signed it nine months ago. 
 
     And it's proving more and more that America is indeed a nation that believes in redemption.  What's happened with prisoners is a miracle.  Prisoners would come out and nobody would give them a job.  And oftentimes, most of the time -- almost all of the time -- they'd go back into prison.  They'd get caught doing something bad.  They had no money.  They had no hope.  They had no job.  Now they're coming out into a booming economy.  And employers are hiring them, and to a certain extent, maybe because they're having a hard time getting people. 
 
     First time in our country’s history, actually, we’re running out of people.  We have plants moving in by the thousands.  We have car companies coming from Japan and from Germany, from lots of other places, and we need people.  And employers are hiring prisoners, and they would have never done it, except for what we’ve done with criminal justice reform.  But even before that, because the economy has become so powerful. 
 
     And these prisoners have done an incredible job.  The employers are saying, “Why didn’t I do this 20 years ago?” 
 
So it’s an incredible thing what’s happening to people that are given a second chance, and sometimes a third chance, in all fairness.  And it’s something that everybody in this room should be very proud about, because you’ve always felt that way long before it was fashionable.  So I want to thank you for that.  (Applause.) 
 
     As we revive our economy, we are also renewing our national spirit.  Today we proudly proclaim that faith is alive and well and thriving in America.  And we’re going to keep it that way.  Nobody will have it changed.  (Applause.)   It won’t happen.  As long as I’m here, it will never, ever happen.  (Applause.)
 
     Something which wasn’t done nearly enough -- I could almost say wasn’t done at all -- we are standing up for persecuted Christians and religious minorities all around the world -- (applause) -- like nobody has ever done. 
 
     Last year, at the United Nations, I was honored to be the first President to host a meeting of religious freedom.  It was based all on religious freedom.  That was the first meeting of its kind ever held at the United Nations.  There I called upon all nations to combat the terrible injustice of religious persecution.  And people listened. 
 
     And countries that we give billions of dollars to, they listened because they had to listen.  (Laughter.)  It’s amazing how that works, isn’t it?  (Laughter.)  That nobody ever played that game before.  (Laughter.) 
 
     Weeks ago, a 21-year-old woman, who goes by the name of Mary, was seized and imprisoned in Iran because she converted to Christianity and shared the Gospel with others. 
 
     In Venezuela, the dictator Maduro has arrested church leaders.  At the State of the Union, I was honored to host the true and legitimate President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó.  (Applause.)  Good man.  I told him that all Americans stand with the Venezuelan people in their righteous struggle for freedom.
 
     Yesterday, our administration launched the International Religious Freedom Alliance, the first-ever alliance devoted to promoting religious liberty.  It was something.  Really something.  (Applause.) 
 
     More than 25 countries have already joined our campaign.  I want to thank Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, along with Ambassador Sam Brownback, who are both here this morning, for leading this historic initiative.  Thank you very much.  Thank you, Mike.  (Applause.)  Thank you.
 
     All of us here today reaffirm these timeless truths: Faith keeps us free.  Prayer makes us strong.  And God alone is the author of life and the giver of grace.  (Applause.)
 
     With us this morning is a pastor who embodies the miracle of faith and the power of prayer: Reverend Gerald Toussaint from Louisiana.  Reverend Toussaint is an Army veteran, a truck driver, and a pastor.  He leads the same church that his father led, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, which has been a pillar of the community for more than 140 years.
 
Last year, Mount Pleasant was one of three African American churches in Louisiana that was destroyed in a fire set by a wicked, hate-filled arsonist. 
 
     Yet, in the wake of such shocking evil, America witnessed the unshakable unity, devotion, and spirit of Reverend Toussaint and his entire highly spirited, beautiful congregation.  Families quickly came together in prayer.  Soon, people from all across Louisiana came to help any way they could.  Americans in all 50 states and 20 different countries heard about it and they donated more than $2 million to help rebuild Mount Pleasant -- (applause) -- and the other two churches that were (inaudible). 
 
     On Easter Sunday, just days after he lost his church, Reverend Toussaint preached about what it all meant.  What does it mean?  “The Easter season,” he said, “is a fitting metaphor for recent events.  It was dark the day that Jesus was crucified.  It was dark [at] night when they burned our church.  What has happened since is like a resurrection.”  Old things are gone, but it’s going to be a brand-new start, and it’s going to be better than ever, Reverend.  (Applause.)  Better than ever.  Fantastic.
 
     And today, just 10 months later, the ground is cleared.  Careful plans have been made, and they're beautiful plans.  And construction is about to begin on the new and very, very magnificent Mount Pleasant Church.  Congratulations.  (Applause.)
 
     You know, the Reverend says that we're rebuilding because that’s what Jesus does.  He rebuilds, he lives, and he breathes.  It’s what he does.  He wants it to be rebuilt.  It was torn apart, but it’s being rebuilt again, and I’ll bet you it will indeed be bigger, better, and nicer than before.  What do you think, Reverend?  Yes?  And it’s going to have your mark on it.  It did have and now it will have even great.  And your father is looking down on you right now and he’s very, very proud of the job that you’ve done.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Very much inspire us, Reverend.  Thank you.
 
     Well, I want to just thank everybody.  This has been very special.  Tell your congregation that -- and all of your people -- that we have 350 million people in our country.  They're proud Americans.  And they respect what we’re doing, even those that you don’t think so much like us, respect us, want to be with us.  They’re respecting our fight, and we are in a fight. 
 
     Religion in this country and religion all over the world -- certain religions in particular -- are under siege.  We won’t let that happen.  We are going to protect our religions.  We are going to protect Christianity.  We are going to protect our great ministers and pastors and rabbis and all of the people that we so cherish and that we so respect.
 
     America is eternally in the debt of our nation’s African American churches all throughout this country.  That’s why it’s so fitting and so -- it’s one of the reasons we chose this particular church in Louisiana.  For generations, they bravely fought for justice and lifted up the conscience of our nation.  And we're grateful beyond any measure. 
 
     But I can say that going beyond that, we’re grateful to the people in this room for the love they show to religion.  Not one religion, but many religions.  They are brave.  They are brilliant.  They are fighters.  They like people.  And sometimes they hate people.  I’m sorry.  I apologize.  I'm trying to learn.  (Laughter.)  It’s not easy.  It’s not easy.  (Applause.)   
     When they impeach you for nothing, then you’re supposed to like them?  It’s not easy, folks.  (Laughter.)  I do my best. 
 
     But I’ll tell you what we are doing: We’re restoring hope and spreading faith.  We’re helping citizens of every background take part in the great rebuilding of our nation.  We’re declaring that America will always shine as a land of liberty and light unto all nations of the world.  We want every nation to look up to us like they are right now.  We were not a respected nation just a few years ago.  We had lost our way.  Our country is respected again by everybody.  (Applause.)
 
     This morning, let us ask Father in Heaven to guide our steps, protect our children, and bless our families.  And with all of our heart, let us forever embrace the eternal truth that every child is made equal by the hand of Almighty God. 
 
     Thank you.  God Bless you.  And God bless America.  Thank you all very much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

                            
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Statement from the Press Secretary

Issued on: February 5, 2020

Today, the sham impeachment attempt concocted by Democrats ended in the full vindication and exoneration of President Donald J. Trump. As we have said all along, he is not guilty. The Senate voted to reject the baseless articles of impeachment, and only the President’s political opponents – all Democrats, and one failed Republican presidential candidate – voted for the manufactured impeachment articles.

In what has now become a consistent tradition for Democrats, this was yet another witch-hunt that deprived the President of his due process rights and was based on a series of lies.  Rep. Adam Schiff lied to Congress and the American people with a totally made up statement about the President’s phone call.  Will there be no retribution?  Speaker Nancy Pelosi also lied to the American people about the need to swiftly pass impeachment articles they dreamt up, only to sit on them for a month before sending over to the Senate.  In the Senate, the Democrats continued to make their political motivations clear – Rep. Schiff proclaimed the issues “cannot be decided at the ballot box” – proving once again they think they know better than the voters of this country.  This entire effort by the Democrats was aimed at overturning the results of the 2016 election and interfering with the 2020 election.

Throughout this wholly corrupt process, President Trump successfully advanced the interests of the United States and remained focused on the issues that matter to Americans.  He spent his time achieving real victories for the people of this country, and the Democrats – once again – have nothing to show for their fraudulent schemes. The President is pleased to put this latest chapter of shameful behavior by the Democrats in the past, and looks forward to continuing his work on behalf of the American people in 2020 and beyond.



Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2020

President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees
 

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate:
 
David W. Dugan of Illinois, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

David Dugan currently serves as a Circuit Judge for the 3rd Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Illinois.  Prior to taking the bench in 2017, Judge Dugan was in private practice for more than 30 years, where his practice focused on personal injury and commercial litigation in both State and Federal Courts.  Judge Dugan previously served as an Assistant States Attorney for Madison County, Illinois.  Judge Dugan earned his B.A. from Eastern Illinois University and his J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.
 
Iain D. Johnston of Illinois, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Iain Johnston currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Before taking the bench in 2013, Judge Johnston was a unit supervisor for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and in private practice at Altheimer & Gray, Holland & Knight LLP, and Johnston Greene LLC.  Judge Johnston also serves as an adjunct professor at UIC John Marshall Law School.  Upon graduation from law school, Judge Johnston served as a law clerk to Judge Philip Godfrey Reinhard of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Judge Johnston earned his B.S., cum laude, from Rockford College and his J.D., cum laude, from UIC John Marshall Law School.
 
Franklin U. Valderrama of Illinois, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Franklin Valderrama currently serves as an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  Judge Valderrama serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Rule Committee and the Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence.  Before taking the bench in 2007, Judge Valderrama was a partner at Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman LLP, where his practice focused on trial litigation.  Judge Valderrama has also served as an adjunct professor at UIC John Marshall Law School where he taught Pre-Trial Civil Litigation.  Judge Valderrama earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his J.D. from The DePaul University College of Law.

Christy Criswell Wiegand of Pennsylvania, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Christy Wiegand is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, where she prosecutes a variety of crimes, including large-scale drug trafficking, child exploitation, illegal firearms, and fraud.  Previously, Ms. Wiegand served as the Deputy Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office.  Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in 2004, Ms. Wiegand served as a law clerk to Judge D. Brooks Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Wiegand was in private practice at Arnold & Porter LLP, in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on antitrust matters.  Ms. Wiegand earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Princeton University, and her J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School, where she served as an Articles Editor on the Cornell Law Review.

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NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     John Leonard Badalamenti, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida, vice Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, retired.

     Thomas T. Cullen, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia, vice Glen E. Conrad, retired.

     Owen McCurdy Cypher, of Michigan, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Michigan for the term of four years, vice Robert Maynard Grubbs, term expired.

     Kathryn C. Davis, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years, vice Charles F. Lettow, term expired.

     Vincent F. DeMarco, of New York, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York for the term of four years, vice Charles Gillen Dunne, term expired.

     Daniel Z. Epstein, of Texas, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years, vice Edward J. Damich, term expired.

     Thomas L. Foster, of Virginia, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Virginia for the term of four years, vice Gerald Sidney Holt, term expired.

     Michael Allen Hagar, of Arkansas, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas for the term of four years, vice Clifton Timothy Massanelli, term expired.

      Anna M. Manasco, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, vice Karon O. Bowdre, retiring.

     Stephen P. McGlynn, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois, vice Michael J. Reagan, retired.

     Drew B. Tipton, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, vice Simeon Timothy Lake III, retired.

 
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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S VISION FOR PEACE, PROSPERITY, AND A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

“We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship.  Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all” – President Donald J. Trump

BOLD VISION FOR PEACE: President Donald J. Trump recognizes it is time for a new approach to achieve peace, security, dignity, and opportunity for Israel and the Palestinian people.
  • This Vision is the most serious, realistic, and detailed plan ever presented, one that could make Israelis, Palestinians, and the region safer and more prosperous.
  • This Vision is just the first step and provides the basis for historic progress toward peace.  The United States hopes this Vision will lead to direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
  • It will be up to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take courageous and bold actions to end the political stalemate, resume negotiations on the basis of this Vision, and make lasting peace and economic prosperity a reality.
  • If the Palestinians have concerns with this Vision, they should bring them forth in the context of good-faith negotiations with the Israelis and help make progress for the region.
  • Mere opposition to this Vision is simply a declaration of support for the hopeless status quo that is the product of decades of stale thinking.
DIPLOMATIC ACCOMPLISHMENT: President Trump is bringing together Israeli political rivals in support of a detailed vision for peace and promoting normalized relations between Israel and its neighbors.
  • President Trump secured agreement from both Prime Minister Netanyahu and opposition leader Lieutenant General Benny Gantz to come to Washington, where they agreed to use this Vision as a basis for negotiation.
  • For the first time in this conflict, President Trump has reached an understanding with Israel regarding a map setting forth borders for a two-state solution.
  • President Trump has been bringing historic enemies in the region closer together, and his actions are promoting normalized relations between Israel and its neighbors.
MUTUAL RECOGNITION AND INDEPENDENCE: This Vision proposes a realistic two-state solution, offering a viable path to Palestinian statehood.
  • Israel has now agreed to terms for a future Palestinian State.
  • The Vision aims to achieve mutual recognition of the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and the future State of Palestine as the nation-state of the Palestinian people, with equal civil rights for all citizens within each state.
  • The Vision creates a path for the Palestinian people to realize their legitimate aspirations for independence, self-governance, and national dignity.
  • Under this Vision, neither Palestinians nor Israelis will be uprooted from their homes.
ISRAEL’S SECURITY: This Vision takes into account the realities on the ground and fully protects Israel’s security.
  • The Vision fully addresses Israel’s security requirements, does not ask Israel to take additional security risks, and enables Israel to defend itself by itself against any threats.
  • The Vision provides for a demilitarized Palestinian state living peacefully alongside Israel, with Israel retaining security responsibility west of the Jordan River.
  • Over time, the Palestinians will work with United States and Israel to assume more security responsibility as Israel reduces its security footprint. 
JERUSALEM AND HOLY SITES: Israel will continue to safeguard Jerusalem’s Holy Sites and will guarantee freedom of worship for Jews, Christians, Muslims, and people of all faiths.
  • The status quo at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif will be preserved.
  • The special and historic role of the King of Jordan with regard to the Muslim Holy Shrines in Jerusalem will be preserved.
  • All Muslims are welcome to peacefully visit al-Aqsa Mosque.
FUTURE STATE OF PALESTINE: The Vision delivers significant territorial expansion for Palestinians and designates land reasonably comparable in size to the West Bank and Gaza for the establishment of the State of Palestine.
  • Israel has agreed to a four-year land freeze to secure the possibility of a two-state solution.
  • Jerusalem will stay united and remain the capital of Israel, while the capital of the State of Palestine will be Al-Quds and include areas of East Jerusalem.
  • The Vision’s map will more than double the size of the land currently used by the Palestinians.
  • Beyond territory, the Vision provides for Palestinian use and management of facilities at the Haifa and Ashdod ports, Palestinian development of a resort area on the north shore of the Dead Sea, and continued Palestinian agricultural activity in the Jordan Valley.
  • The Vision proposes modern and efficient transportation links for easy travel and movement of goods throughout the future state of Palestine, including Gaza and the West Bank.
NORMALIZATION: This Vision will end the refugee status quo and help put the region on a truly transformative path: one with stability, security, and abundant opportunities for prosperity.
  • The Middle East needs strong regional partnerships to counter Iran and terrorism, strengthen security, and unlock vast opportunities for economic investment and regional prosperity.
  • President Trump has cultivated these regional partnerships, helping historic enemies identify shared threats and mutually beneficial opportunities, facilitating the prospect of normalized relationships between Israel and its neighbors.
  • This Vision will serve as a strong platform from which to further improve regional dynamics and strengthen regional partnerships.
  • Under this Vision, Palestinian refugees will be given a choice to live within the future State of Palestine, integrate into the countries where they currently live, or resettle in a third country.
  • The United States will work with the international community to establish a generous trust to aid in the process of resettling refugees.
PROSPERITY ACROSS THE REGION: This Vision, combined with the Peace to Prosperity economic framework, will unlock the potential of a region long held hostage by conflict.
  • The Vision incorporates the massive $50 billion Peace to Prosperity economic plan, which will spur the Palestinian economy.
  • When properly implemented, the Vision will:
    • Create more than 1 million new jobs;
    • More than double Palestinian GDP; and
    • Reduce unemployment below 10% and cut the poverty rate in half.
 
 
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Office of the Press Secretary
NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Almo J. Carter, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the United States Parole Commission for a term of six years, vice Cranston J. Mitchell, term expired.

     Finch Fulton, of Alabama, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation, vice Carlos A. Monje, Jr.

     William Ellison Grayson, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Estonia.

     Julie Elizabeth Hocker, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor, vice Kathleen Martinez, resigned.

     John Chase Johnson, of Oklahoma, to be Inspector General, Federal Communications Commission.  (New Position)

     Jenny A. McGee, of Texas, to be an Associate Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, vice R. David Harden.

     Thomas M. Mistele, of Florida, to be a Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation for a term expiring December 31, 2022, vice Gregory Karawan, term expired.

     Judy Shelton, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the unexpired term of fourteen years from February 1, 2010, vice Janet L. Yellen, resigned.

     Charles A. Stones, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, vice Bruce J. Sherrick.
 
     Christopher Waller, of Minnesota, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of fourteen years from February 1, 2016, vice Sarah Bloom Raskin, resigned.
 
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Office of the Press Secretary
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020


 
EST
 
11:00AM                     THE PRESIDENT participates in the arrival of the Prime Minister of the State of Israel
 
South Portico
 
In-House Pool
 
 
11:10AM                     THE PRESIDENT participates in a restricted bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the State of Israel
 
Oval Office
 
Closed Press
 
 
11:30AM                     THE PRESIDENT participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the State of Israel
 
Oval Office
 
Closed Press
 
 
12:30PM                     THE PRESIDENT participates in a bilateral meeting with LTG. (Res.) MK Benjamin Gantz, Blue and White Chairman
 
Oval Office
 
Closed Press
 
 
1:15PM                     THE PRESIDENT has lunch with the Vice President
 
Private Dining Room
 
Closed Press
 
 
3:30PM                     THE PRESIDENT participates in a ceremonial swearing-in of the Administrator of the Small Business Administration
 
Oval Office
 
Closed Press
 
 
 
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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS TAKING ACTION TO END BIRTH TOURISM, PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY, AND CURB THE ABUSE OF PUBLIC RESOURCES

“Together, we will create an immigration system to make America safer, and stronger, and greater than ever before.” – President Donald J. Trump


COMBATTING BIRTH TOURISM:  President Donald J. Trump is taking action to combat birth tourism.

  • The Administration is taking action to end “birth tourism” – a practice in which aliens travel to the United States with the purpose of giving birth to gain citizenship for their children.
    • Organizations bring in large numbers of aliens to systematically exploit this loophole and unfairly provide citizenship for their children.
    • Most birth tourism groups charge tens of thousands of dollars, which often doesn’t include coverage for medical care.
    • Groups are flown to the United States and often brought to motels, whose owners are also often complicit in the scheme.
  • The State Department will stop issuing temporary visitor visas to applicants who are traveling to the United States to engage in birth tourism.
  • The Administration’s new rule makes clear that attempting to improperly provide citizenship for one’s child through birth tourism is not a legitimate grounds for obtaining a visitor visa.
    • Visas will still be issued to aliens whose purpose of travel is consistent with permissible business and pleasure activities.
  • Citizenship is the crown jewel of the American immigration system and must be vigorously protected from exploitation.
PROTECTING NATIONAL SECURITY: The Administration’s action addresses the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism.
  • Birth tourism could allow foreign governments to exploit birth tourism in manners that threaten the security of the United States.
  • Foreign governments could exploit this vulnerability to recruit individuals who were born as the result of birth tourism and raised overseas, without attachment to the United States.
  • Through birth tourism, foreign nationals are able to have their children avoid the scrutiny and procedures they would normally undergo if they became citizens through naturalization.
  • Organized criminal networks have taken advantage of the birth tourism loophole at the expense of American citizens.  
    • Businesses in the birth tourism industry have engaged in widespread immigration fraud and money laundering.
PRESERVING OUR PUBLIC RESOURCES: Addressing birth tourism continues President Trump’s efforts to safeguard our Nation’s public benefits from abuse.
  • The Administration’s action will protect our social welfare system from abuse by foreign nationals using our welfare system to pay for the births of their children.
  • Last year, the Administration took action to ensure that if aliens want to enter or remain in the United States, they must support themselves and not rely on public benefits.  
  • The President issued a proclamation suspending the entry of aliens who financially burden the American healthcare system. 
  • The Administration proposed a rule to require the verification of immigration status for anyone seeking to access public housing benefits.
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Statement from the Press Secretary Announcing Congressional Members of the President’s Impeachment Team
 

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that the following Members of the House of Representatives will serve as part of his team working to combat this hyper-partisan and baseless impeachment. This initial list includes the following Members:

Congressman Doug Collins
Congressman Mike Johnson
Congressman Jim Jordan
Congresswoman Debbie Lesko
Congressman Mark Meadows
Congressman John Ratcliffe
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
Congressman Lee Zeldin

Throughout this process, these Members of Congress have provided guidance to the White House team, which was prohibited from participating in the proceedings concocted by Democrats in the House of Representatives. The President looks forward to their continued participation and is confident that the Members will help expeditiously end this brazen political vendetta on behalf of the American people.


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Office of the Press Secretary

THE HONORABLE DONALD J. TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, HEREBY RESPONDS:
 

The Articles of Impeachment submitted by House Democrats are a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their President.  This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election—now just months away.  The highly partisan and reckless obsession with impeaching the President began the day he was inaugurated and continues to this day.  Click here to read the full answer. 

 


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Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individual to Key Administration Post
 
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:

John Chase Johnson of Oklahoma, to be the Inspector General at the Federal Communications Commission.

Mr. Johnson is an attorney at Covington & Burling LLP, where he practices in the commercial litigation and government contracts groups.  He also serves as a Major and Military Judge in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.  Before joining Covington, Mr. Johnson served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps and deployed to Afghanistan.  He clerked for Judge Edith Clement of the Fifth Circuit and Judge Victor Wolski of the Court of Federal Claims.  A native of Oklahoma, Mr. Johnson holds a B.A. in history from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
 
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Office of the Press Secretary

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, vice S. James Otero, retired.

     Stanley Blumenfeld, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, vice Audrey B. Collins, retired.

     Scott J. Laurer, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for the term of fifteen years, vice Mary J. Schoelen, retired.

     Grace Karaffa Obermann, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years, vice Susan G. Braden, term expired.

     J. David Patterson, of Tennessee, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, vice Laura Junor, resigned.

     Mark C. Scarsi, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, vice George H. King, retired.

     Stephen Sidney Schwartz, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years, vice Marian Blank Horn, term expired.

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Office of the Press Secretary
NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Daniel Asia, of Arizona, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2024, vice Bruce Carter, term expired.

     Jennifer Yue Barber, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador.

     Jennifer Yue Barber, of Kentucky, to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

     Winifred Bingham, of Florida, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2024, vice Olga Viso, term expired.

     Ramsey Coats Day, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation for the remainder of the term expiring September 22, 2021, vice Linda I. Etim.

     Ramsey Coats Day, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, vice Linda I. Etim.

     William Scott Hardy, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, vice Nora Barry Fischer, retired.

     John F. Heil III, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, vice James H. Payne, retired.

     Neil Jacobs, of North Carolina, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, vice Kathryn D. Sullivan, resigned.

     David Cleveland Joseph, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, vice Dee D. Drell, retired.

     Brandon Lipps, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, vice Kevin W. Concannon.

     Jessie K. Liu, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes, vice Sigal Mandelker, resigned.

     Katharine MacGregor, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior, vice David Bernhardt, resigned.

     C.J. Mahoney, of Kansas, to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State, vice Jennifer Gillian Newstead, resigned.

     Edward Hulvey Meyers, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years, vice Lawrence J. Block, retired.

     Richard M. Mills, Jr., of Texas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

     Richard M. Mills, Jr., of Texas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be the Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and the Deputy Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.

     Sethuraman Panchanathan, of Arizona, to be Director of the National Science Foundation for a term of six years, vice France A. Cordova, term expiring.

     Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, vice Louis Guirola, Jr., retired.

     David A. Wright, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the term of five years expiring June 30, 2025.  (Reappointment)

     William Zollars, of Kansas, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2022, vice James H. Bilbray, term expired.
 
 
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Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individual to Key Administration Post
 
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:

Sethuraman Panchanathan of Arizona, to be the Director of the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Panchanathan currently serves as the Executive Vice President and the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Arizona State University (ASU).  He is the Founding Director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing at ASU.  He was appointed to the National Science Board (NSB) in 2014 and served as the Chair of the Committee on Strategy for NSB.  He also served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  Dr. Panchanathan is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).  He was the Chair of the Council on Research of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and Co-Chair of the Extreme Innovation Taskforce of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils.  He was appointed as Senior Advisor for Science & Technology by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in 2018.  Dr. Panchanathan is a Fellow of the NAI, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Society of Optical Engineering.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Madras in 1981 and in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in 1984.  He then earned his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1986 and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Ottawa, Canada, in 1989.
 
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Office of the Press Secretary

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP APPLAUDS THE CIRCUIT COURT’S DECISION AND WILL CONTINUE WORKING TO PROVIDE AMERICANS WITH BETTER CARE AT LOWER COST

“We’re creating a healthcare system that protects vulnerable patients, makes healthcare more affordable, gives you more choice and control, and delivers the high-quality care Americans deserve.”
– President Donald J. Trump

 

A GREAT VICTORY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: The 5th Circuit Court delivered a victory for the American people by ruling against a key part of Obamacare.

  • In the case of Texas v. Azar, the 5th Circuit ruled that a key part of Obamacare – the individual mandate – is unconstitutional.
  • The decision is expected to be litigated over the course of the next year.  
  • While this is a great victory for the American people, there will be no immediate changes to your healthcare insurance while the case proceeds.
  • The decision is a positive step toward moving away from Obamacare, which has failed the American people for too long.
  • President Trump is committed to protecting Americans with preexisting conditions and will continue working to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of our healthcare system, as the courts continue to consider this case.
OBAMACARE FAILED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: In addition to its unconstitutionality, Obamacare has failed the American people by increasing costs and reducing choices.
  • While the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats promised Obamacare would lower premiums by $2,500, costs have soared.
  • Obamacare has severely limited Americans’ ability to choose the best healthcare plan for them.
    • Despite promises from President Obama and Congressional Democrats, millions of Americans lost their coverage and doctors after Obamacare was implemented.
  • Obamacare has utterly failed to provide reliable, comprehensive care for all Americans.
    • In 2017, 25.6 million Americans still lacked insurance.
    • In 2018, only 12.5 million people were enrolled in Obamacare-compliant plans, falling far short of CBO’s 2013 projection of 27 million.
IMPROVING CARE FOR ALL: The President is working to deliver a healthcare system that protects the vulnerable, provides affordability, ensures choice and control for patients, and delivers high-quality care.
  • President Trump is increasing choices for consumers by expanding Association Health Plans, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, and short-term plans.
  • President Trump is taking action to increase price transparency, empowering patients to make informed decisions about their healthcare.
  • The President’s efforts to reduce drug prices have resulted in the largest single-year drop in prescription drug prices in more than half a century.
  • President Trump will protect Americans with preexisting conditions.
  • The President has taken action to protect and improve Medicare for our seniors.
  • President Trump is committed to promoting innovative treatments for American patients.
    • President Trump has taken action to improve kidney health and treatment, increase funding for and expand access to treatment for those struggling with addiction, step up pediatric cancer research, work on eliminating the HIV epidemic, and more.
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Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts
 
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to key positions in his Administration:

Neil Andrew Jacobs of North Carolina, to be the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at the Department of Commerce.

Dr. Jacobs is currently the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, where he is responsible for advancement of United States weather prediction, space innovation, unmanned systems, and developing the blue economy.  Dr. Jacobs previously served as Chief Scientist at Panasonic, where he directed research and development of aviation weather observing and forecast programs.  Before joining Panasonic, Dr. Jacobs worked on various projects including NASA's Earth Systems Science Program, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Program, and the Department of Energy's Ocean Margins Program.  He was Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s Forecast Improvement Group, and served on the World Meteorological Organization’s observing systems expert team.  Dr. Jacobs holds bachelor degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of South Carolina and an M.S. in air-sea interaction and a Ph.D. in numerical weather prediction from North Carolina State University.  He resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife Dr. Jennifer Modliszewski and sons Nicolaus and Theodore.
 
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Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

Bryan S. Ware of Virginia, to be the Assistant Director for Cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security.

Bryan S. Ware currently serves as the Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Infrastructure, and Resilience Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.  Mr. Ware is responsible for leading department-wide efforts to reduce national risks, with a focus on critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, Federal network security, countering cyber-crime, and improving the security and resilience of the global cyber ecosystem.  In 1998, Mr. Ware founded an artificial intelligence company, which he led until it was acquired in 2013 by Haystax.  After serving as Chief Technology Officer of Haystax, he served as CEO from 2016 until 2018.  Mr. Ware started his professional career with leading defense contractors working on advanced technology programs, including the Star Wars program, early UAV payloads, and counterterrorism technologies.  Mr. Ware has been issued multiple patents in artificial intelligence and mobile technology.  He holds a degree in Applied Optics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. 

Jeffrey A. Koses of Virginia (GSA Rep) to be a Member of the Committee for Purchase from People who are Blind or Severely Disabled (AbilityOne Commission).
 
David Bohigian of Missouri to be a Member on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
 
Randolph R. Lowell of South Carolina to be a Member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.
 
Robert D. Alverson of Washington State, to be a Member of the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
 
Jay D. Vogt of South Dakota to be a Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
 
The following individuals to be Members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders:
  • Paul Hsu of Florida
  • Michelle Park Steel of California
  • Doris Flores Brooks of Guam
  • Keiko Matsudo Orrall of Massachusetts
  • Helen Van Etten of Kansas
  • Edward Jerome Calvo of Guam
  • Jennifer Carnahan of Minnesota
  • David B. Cohen of California
  • Grace Y. Lee of Michigan
  • George Leing of Colorado
  • Jan-le Low of Nevada
  • Herman Martir of Texas
  • Prem Parameswaran of New York
  • Amata Coleman Radewagen of American Samoa
  • Chiling Tong of Maryland
The following individuals to be Members of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board:
  • Susan Braden of the District of Columbia
  • Margaret Chai Maloney of California
  • Alphonso Jackson of Virginia
  • John M. Viola of New York
The following individuals to be Members of the Commission on Presidential Scholars:
  • Elizabeth Gunther of South Carolina
  • James Zaleski of California
The following individuals to be Members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council:
  • Alan D. Listhaus of Pennsylvania
  • Howard M. Lorber of New York
  • Eli Henry Miller of Massachusetts
The following individuals to be Members of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:
  • Robert S. Graham of Arizona
  • Melinda Hildebrand of Texas
 
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Office of the Press Secretary

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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PROVIDING FOR THE CLOSING OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS
AND AGENCIES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON DECEMBER 24, 2019


 

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1.  All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, the day before Christmas Day.

    Sec. 2.  The heads of executive departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 24, 2019, for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.

    Sec. 3.  December 24, 2019, shall be considered as falling within the scope of Executive Order 11582 of February 11, 1971, and of 5 U.S.C. 5546 and 6103(b) and other similar statutes insofar as they relate to the pay and leave of employees of the United States.

    Sec. 4.  The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement this order.

    Sec. 5.  General Provisions.  (a)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (b)  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 of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (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,
    December 17, 2019.


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Office of the Press Secretary
TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AND THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE
 
 
December 11, 2019
 
 
 
 
Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
 
I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of United States Armed Forces equipped for combat.
 
MILITARY OPERATIONS IN SUPPORT OF UNITED STATES COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS
 
In furtherance of counterterrorism efforts, the United States continues to work with partners around the globe, with a particular focus on the United States Central and Africa Commands' areas of responsibility.  In this context, the United States has deployed forces to conduct counterterrorism operations and to advise, assist, and accompany security forces of select foreign partners on counterterrorism operations.  In the majority of these locations, the mission of the United States military personnel is to facilitate counterterrorism operations of foreign partner forces and does not include routine engagement in combat.  In many of these locations, the security environment is such that United States military personnel may be required to defend themselves against sporadic terrorist threats or attacks, and United States military personnel deploy with weapons and other appropriate equipment for their force protection.  Specific information about counterterrorism deployments to select countries is provided below, and a classified annex to this report provides further information. 
 
Military Operations against al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, and Associated Forces and in Support of Related United States Counterterrorism Objectives
 
Since October 7, 2001, United States Armed Forces, including Special Operations Forces, have conducted counterterrorism combat operations against al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, and associated forces.  Since August 2014, these operations have targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which was formerly known as al-Qa'ida in Iraq.  In support of these and other overseas operations, the United States has deployed combat-equipped forces to several locations in the United States Central, European, Africa, Southern, and Indo-Pacific Commands' areas of responsibility.  Such operations and deployments have been reported previously, consistent with Public Law 107-40, Public Law 107-243, the War Powers Resolution, and other statutes.  These ongoing operations, which the United States has carried out with the assistance of numerous international partners, have been successful in seriously degrading ISIS capabilities in Syria and Iraq.  If necessary, in response to terrorist threats, I will direct additional measures to protect the people and interests of the United States.  It is not possible to know at this time the precise scope or the duration of the deployments of United States Armed Forces that are or will be necessary to counter terrorist threats to the United States. 
 
Afghanistan.  United States Armed Forces remain in Afghanistan for the purposes of stopping the reemergence of safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten the United States, supporting the Afghan government and the Afghan military as they confront the Taliban in the field, and creating conditions for a political process to achieve lasting peace.  United States forces in Afghanistan are training, advising, and assisting Afghan forces; conducting and supporting counterterrorism operations against al‑Qa'ida and against ISIS; and taking appropriate measures against those who provide direct support to al-Qa'ida, threaten United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan, or threaten the viability of the Afghan government or the ability of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to achieve campaign success.  The United States remains in an armed conflict, including in Afghanistan and against the Taliban, and active hostilities remain ongoing. 
 
Iraq and Syria.  As part of a comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS, United States Armed Forces are conducting a systematic campaign of airstrikes and other necessary operations against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria and against al-Qa'ida in Syria.  With the territorial defeat of ISIS, I have ordered the majority of United States Armed Forces to withdraw from Syria.  A small presence of United States Armed Forces will remain in strategically significant locations in Syria to conduct operations and secure critical petroleum infrastructure, in partnership with indigenous ground forces, against continuing terrorist threats emanating from Syria.  United States Armed Forces in Iraq continue to advise, coordinate with, and provide support to select elements of the Iraqi security forces, including Iraqi Kurdish security forces.  Support to Iraqi security forces includes training, equipment, communications support, and intelligence support.  United States Armed Forces also provide limited support to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization mission in Iraq.  Actions in Iraq are being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government, and in conjunction with coalition partners.    
 
Arabian Peninsula Region.  A small number of United States military personnel are deployed to Yemen to conduct operations against al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS.  The United States military continues to work closely with the Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) and regional partner forces to degrade the terrorist threat posed by those groups.  Since the last periodic update report, United States military forces conducted one airstrike against AQAP operatives and facilities in Yemen.  
 
United States Armed Forces, in a non-combat role, have also continued to provide military advice and limited information, logistics, and other support to regional forces combatting the Houthis in Yemen.  Such support does not involve United States Armed Forces in hostilities with the Houthis for the purposes of the War Powers Resolution.
 
As I reported on June 11, 2019, and on November 19, 2019, United States Armed Forces are deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to protect United States forces and interests in the region against hostile action by Iran or supporting groups.  These forces, operating in coordination with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, provide air and missile defense capabilities and support the operation of United States fighter aircraft.  The total number of United States forces in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is approximately 3,000.   
 
Jordan.  At the request of the Government of Jordan, approximately 2,800 United States military personnel are deployed to Jordan to support Defeat-ISIS operations, to enhance Jordan's security, and to promote regional stability. 
 
Lebanon.  At the request of the Government of Lebanon, approximately 60 United States military personnel are deployed to Lebanon to enhance the government's counterterrorism capabilities and to support the counterterrorism operations of Lebanese security forces. 
 
Turkey.  United States Armed Forces remain deployed to Turkey, at the Turkish government's request, to support Defeat-ISIS operations and to enhance Turkey's security.
 
East Africa Region.  In Somalia, United States Armed Forces continue to counter the terrorist threat posed by ISIS and al‑Shabaab, an associated force of al-Qa'ida.  Since the last periodic report, United States forces have conducted a number of airstrikes against ISIS and al-Shabaab.  United States military personnel also advise, assist, and accompany regional forces, including Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces, during counterterrorism operations.  Additional United States Armed Forces are deployed to Kenya to support counterterrorism operations in East Africa.  United States military personnel continue to partner with the Government of Djibouti, which has permitted use of Djiboutian territory for basing of United States Armed Forces.  United States military personnel remain deployed to Djibouti, including for purposes of staging for counterterrorism and counter-piracy operations in the vicinity of the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and to provide contingency support for embassy security augmentation in East Africa, as required.
 
Libya.  Since the last periodic update report, United States Armed Forces have conducted a number of airstrikes against ISIS terrorists in Libya.  These airstrikes were conducted in coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord.  
 
Lake Chad Basin and Sahel Region.  United States military personnel in the Lake Chad Basin and Sahel Region continue to conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations and to provide support to African and European partners conducting counterterrorism operations in the region, including by advising, assisting, and accompanying these partner forces.  Approximately 800 United States military personnel remain deployed to Niger.  United States military personnel are also deployed to Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria to support counterterrorism operations. 
 
Cuba.  United States Armed Forces continue to conduct humane and secure detention operations for detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, under the authority provided by the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40), as informed by the law of war.  There are 40 such detainees as of the date of this report.
 
Philippines.  United States Armed Forces deployed to the Philippines are providing support to the counterterrorism operations of the armed forces of the Philippines. 
 
MILITARY OPERATIONS IN EGYPT
 
Approximately 455 United States military personnel are assigned to or supporting the United States contingent of the Multinational Force and Observers, which have been present in Egypt since 1981.
 
UNITED STATES AND NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION OPERATIONS IN KOSOVO
 
The United States continues to contribute forces to the Kosovo Force (KFOR), led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in cooperation with local authorities, bilateral partners, and international institutions, to deter renewed hostilities in Kosovo.  Approximately 600 United States military personnel are among KFOR's approximately 4,000 personnel.
 
I have directed the participation of United States Armed Forces in all of the above-described operations pursuant to my constitutional and statutory authority as Commander in Chief and as Chief Executive (including the authority to carry out Public Law 107-40, Public Law 107-243, and other statutes), as well as my constitutional and statutory authority to conduct the foreign relations of the United States.  Officials of my Administration and I communicate regularly with congressional leadership and other Members of Congress with regard to these deployments, and we will continue to do so.

 
                             Sincerely,
 
 
 
                             DONALD J. TRUMP
 
 

 
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Office of the Press Secretary

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     J. Brett Blanton, of Virginia, to be Architect of the Capitol for the term of ten years, vice Stephen T. Ayers.

     Finch Fulton, of Alabama, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation, vice Carlos A. Monje, Jr.

     James E. McPherson, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of the Army, vice Ryan McCarthy, resigned.

 

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Office of the Press Secretary

 
Presidential Message on the 154th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 13th Amendment

 

On this day in 1865, the United States ratified the 13th Amendment to our Constitution, abolishing slavery and setting our Nation on a path that would ensure that the blessings of liberty endowed to us by our Creator were secured for all Americans. 
 
America was founded on the conviction that “all men are created equal.”  However, it was not until nearly a century after these words were written that the law of the land reflected this fundamental truth for African Americans.  On that historic December day 154 years ago, Georgia became the 27th State to ratify the 13th Amendment, forever removing the shackles of slavery and untying the bonds of hate and oppression that had denied millions of African Americans their God-given rights of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
 
Despite suffering the horrors of slavery and all that flowed from this inexcusable and cruel act against humanity, African Americans have been instrumental in building and bolstering our great Nation.  From enrichening our culture and enhancing our American identity to strengthening our economy and safeguarding our cherished freedoms, the remarkable courage and steadfast resolve of African Americans define the American spirit.
 
While tremendous progress has been made since the ratification of the 13th Amendment, much work remains to be done to end the scourge of racism that plagues our communities and country.  My Administration will continue to work diligently to unite our people and strengthen the bonds we share.  Together, we can build a society that fosters more meaningful relationships and a deeper respect for all Americans. 
 
Today, as we commemorate one of the most monumental landmarks in our Nation’s history, we remember those who endured the torments of bondage and those who lost their lives to slavery.  We can—and we must—resolve to always fiercely safeguard our precious liberties and cherished freedoms so future generations may enjoy the promise of America. 


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Office of the Press Secretary
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2019


 

LOCAL / EST
 

8:25AM / 3:25AM                     THE PRESIDENT departs Winfield House Landing Zone en route to the Grove Landing Zone
 
London, UK
 
 
8:40AM / 3:40AM                   THE PRESIDENT arrives at the Grove Landing Zone
 
London, UK
 

 
8:50AM / 3:50AM                    THE PRESIDENT departs the Grove Landing Zone en route to The Grove
 
London, UK
 
 
8:55AM / 3:55AM                    THE PRESIDENT arrives at The Grove
 
London, UK
 
 
9:20AM / 4:20AM                    THE PRESIDENT participates in an Official Welcome with the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
London, UK
 
 
10:00AM / 5:00AM                    THE PRESIDENT participates in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization Plenary Session
 
London, UK
 
 
12:30PM / 7:30AM                    THE PRESIDENT participates in a bilateral meeting with the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
 
London, UK
 
 
1:15PM / 8:15AM                    THE PRESIDENT participates in a working lunch with the NATO 2%ers
 
London, UK
 
 
2:00PM / 9:00AM                    THE PRESIDENT participates in a bilateral pull-aside with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark
 
London, UK
 
 
2:45PM / 9:45AM                    THE PRESIDENT participates in a bilateral pull-aside with the Prime Minister of the Italian Republic
 
London, UK
 
 
3:30PM / 10:30AM                    THE PRESIDENT participates in a press conference
 
London, UK
 
 
4:20PM / 11:20AM                    THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart The Grove en route to the Grove Landing Zone
 
London, UK
 
 
4:25PM / 11:25AM                    THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at the Grove Landing Zone
 
London, UK
 

4:35PM / 11:35AM                    THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart the Grove Landing Zone en route to London Stansted
 
London, UK
 

4:55PM / 11:55AM                    THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at London Stansted Airport
 
London, UK
 

5:05PM / 12:05PM                    THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart London, UK, en route to Washington, D.C.
 
London, UK
 

EST
 
 
8:20PM                    THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at Joint Base Andrews
 
Joint Base Andrews
 

8:30PM                    THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart Joint Base Andrews en route to the White House
 
Joint Base Andrews
 

8:40PM                    THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at the White House
 
South Lawn
 
 
 
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Office of the Press Secretary

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Andrew Lynn Brasher, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, vice Edward E. Carnes, retiring.

     Jason Myung-lk Chung, of Virginia, to be United States Director of the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of Ambassador, vice Swati A. Dandekar.

     John W. Holcomb, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, vice Dean D. Pregerson, retired.

     Knut Sveinbjorn Johnson, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, vice John A. Houston, retired.

     Steve Kim, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, vice Beverly Reid O'Connell, deceased.

     Joshua M. Kindred, of Alaska, to be United States District Judge for the District of Alaska, vice Ralph R. Beistline, retired.

     Michelle M. Pettit, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, vice Michael M. Anello, retired.

     Todd Wallace Robinson, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, vice Marilyn L. Huff, retired.

     Jennifer P. Togliatti, of Nevada, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada, vice James C. Mahan, retired.


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Office of the Press Secretary

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, the President signed into law:
 
 
H.R. 3055, the "Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019," which provides Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations to Federal agencies through December 20, 2019, for continuing projects and activities of the Federal Government; and extends authority for a broad range of Medicare, Medicaid, public health, and human services activities and for other matters.
 
 

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Office of the Press Secretary

Presidential Message on Antibiotic Awareness Week, 2019
 

Antibiotics are a medical marvel that has saved millions of lives around the world, but they must be properly and safely prescribed for humans and animals to ensure that they remain effective in treating diseases and illnesses.  During Antibiotic Awareness Week and every week, I urge families and medical professionals to familiarize themselves with the consequences of antibiotic resistance and the steps we can all take to address this challenge.
 
Antibiotics are remarkable drugs that are instrumental in fighting certain infections caused by bacteria and fungi.  Far too often, however, they are prescribed for common viral illnesses that they are not meant to treat, including the common cold, influenza, most cases of bronchitis, and stomach viruses.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 30 percent of outpatient antibiotics, or 47 million prescriptions, are unnecessarily prescribed in human medicine each year.  Overprescribing antibiotics can have harmful side effects and cause life-threatening allergic reactions.  In the United States, an adverse reaction to antibiotics leads to approximately one out of every six medication-related visits for emergency medical care.
 
One of the most troubling consequences of overprescribing antibiotics is antibiotic resistance.  Last week, the CDC released new numbers on the burden of antibiotic resistance threats in the United States showing that at least 2.8 million people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria or fungi every year, and that more than 35,000 people die because of those infections. 
 
As the world’s leader in medical ingenuity and advancements, we must do everything we can to combat the rapidly developing medical threat of antibiotic resistance.  The CDC’s Be Antibiotics Aware initiative provides valuable and potentially life-saving resources to help educate both the public and healthcare professionals on when antibiotics are needed, how to optimize their prescription, and how to best combat antibiotic resistance.  This program, combined with my Administration’s continued implementation of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, is essential to addressing the rising concerns about the overprescription of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
 
This week, we resolve to improve antibiotic stewardship at home and in medical settings so that all Americans can understand the threat of antibiotic resistance and live fuller, healthier lives.
 

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Office of the Press Secretary
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
ON HONESTY AND TRANSPARENCY IN HEALTHCARE PRICES
 
Roosevelt Room
 
 
2:12 P.M. EST
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everybody.  It’s a great honor.  The stock market is up big today.  It set a new record.  I think it’s the 22nd time this year, and it’s over 100 times for the time that we’re in office.  We’ve set over 100.  I think it’s substantially more than 100.  We’ll get the exact number because I know you wouldn’t want me to have that wrong.  They don’t like that.
 
     But we’re up over 100 times for the stock market.  And that means jobs.  That means companies are moving back into the United States that left.  We have many, many companies coming back. 
 
The employment numbers are at a record.  The -- or very close.  And we just got a new number on African American employment.  It's the best it’s ever been.  You could say employment or unemployment -- they’re the best numbers they’ve ever been.
 
     So we’re very proud of what’s happened with our economy.  A few months ago, you were predicting a recession.  Perhaps someday there will be a recession, but we have a long way to go.  The consumer has never been stronger, and we’re going to make the consumer even stronger yet, with transparency, because they’re going to get much better pricing at hospitals.  So I think we can probably add this to the number.
 
     You saw median household income -- for President Bush, eight years -- was $450.  For President Obama, for eight years -- eight years, think of that -- was $975.  For President Trump -- a little over two and a half years -- when they did the final number, it was $5,000.  And they add to that $2,000, thanks to Kevin and everybody.  Thank you, Kevin.  You’re behind me someplace, right?  Add $2,000 or $2,500, Kevin.  What would you say?
 
     REPRESENTATIVE BRADY:  Yeah.  Right about there, Mr. President.
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Right there?  So let’s add $2,000, and then add $3,000 for regulation, and add something for the energy savings.  So you have $10,000.  So it’s $400 and $975 -- that’s for eight and eight.  And then, for two and half years, it’s $10,000.  That’s not bad.  But the consumer is very powerful, and this is going to make them more powerful.
 
     So, welcome, everyone.  This afternoon, we celebrate something that I’m very proud of: another major victory in our mission to deliver great healthcare at a price that you can afford.  This will have a tremendous impact on prices.
 
     A certain gentleman, who is in the room -- who will say a couple of words -- actually said this is more important than healthcare.  And when he said that, my ears really perked up, and I listened.  And they were right, and they gave me plenty of examples.  And that person recently got the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  His name is Art Laffer, and he’s a very talented guy.
 
     Where is Art?  Is he here?  Yes?
 
     DR. LAFFER:  I’m sort of short today.  (Laughter.)
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Art.  I didn’t see you.  I didn’t see you back there.  All right, stand up here.  A great gentleman.  And you brought a man here who's the king of that world.  And -- hello.  How are you?  That’s the guy.  And you made that statement to me: "More important than healthcare."  That was a big statement.  As soon as I heard that, I said, “That sounds good to me.”  It’s transparency.
 
     So I signed, as you know, an executive order -- historic.  And we’re requiring price transparency in healthcare, forcing companies to compete for your business.  It’s a very important thing that we’ve done here.  I don’t think it’ll be covered by you, but it will be in the years to come.
 
     Our goal was to give patients the knowledge they need about the real price of healthcare services.  They’ll be able to check them, compare them, go to different locations, so they can shop for the highest-quality care at the lowest cost.  And this is about high-quality care.  You’re also looking at that.  You’re looking at comparisons between talents, which is very important.  And then, you’re also looking at cost.  And, in some cases, you get the best doctor for the lowest cost.  That’s a -- that’s a good thing.
 
     Today, I'm proud to announce two new actions implementing that order.  First, we are finalizing a rule that will compel hospitals to publish prices publicly online for everyone to see and to compare.  So you’re able to go online and compare all of the hospitals and the doctors and the prices, and, I assume, get résumés on doctors and see who you like. 
 
And the good doctors -- like, I assume these two guys are fantastic doctors, otherwise you wouldn’t be here.  (Laughter.)  And the bad doctors, I guess they have to go and hide someplace.  I don’t know.  Maybe they don’t do so well.  I don’t know.  But if they’re not good, we -- we are more interested in the good ones.  It’s called “rewarding talent.”
 
Second, we're putting forward a proposed rule to require health insurance providers to disclose their pricing information to consumers.  We’re giving American families control of their healthcare decisions.  And the freedom to choose that care is right before them on the Internet and elsewhere, but on the Internet.  Very, very open.  Very transparent.  That’s why it's called transparency. 
 
And this has been done on a small basis, on individual hospitals.  In fact, Art, you were telling me about that, with your hospital, that you're on the board of a hospital that did this. 
 
I'd like you to actually -- before I go further, I'd like you talk about that just for a second.  Art Laffer.  Art, just mention that, if you could. 
 
DR. LAFFER:  Yeah.  You've got to lower it really far.  (Laughter.)  Sorry about that.
 
Let me, if I can, just say I was the chairman of the board of Centennial Hospital.  We had some problems.  But when you look at this, this is the biggest revolution I've seen in generations.  I mean -- and as opposed to most revolutions, this revolution saves lives; it doesn’t cost lives.
 
And, in this revolution, it saves money.  You don’t have to spend money.  And what you've seen here before is that we have no transparency whatsoever in medical.  It's like the hermit kingdom of industries.  You don’t know what the price is.  You don’t know what the outcome is.  And you don’t know what the inputs are. 
 
What this does is this pulls away the veil and allows people to see exactly what they can and what they do.  And if I can say, I think this will lead to a phenomenal change in the U.S. outcome of employment output production.  It's just one of the industries that desperately needs this. 
 
I'll stop about here, but the last one I can remember being involved with was with Lady Thatcher when she privatized coal, steel, and the railroads.  I mean, the changes there with Sir Keith Joseph.  And this outdoes all of those revolutions, sir.  It's the most amazing of all time.
 
And it takes real leadership to do it and real practitioners to be able to get it through.  And Secretary Azar is a great practitioner, and my buddy Larry Ku- -- Larry Van Horn is also a great practitioner -- as well as Larry Kudlow, by the way.  (Laughter.)  Thank you, sir.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  And I'd like to have Larry maybe say a few words and explain what this is that we're being -- for the public.
 
DR. VAN HORN:  Sure, Mr. President.  This is a momentous day.  Americans, year over year, have been faced with higher and higher healthcare costs, facing higher and higher obligation to pay for those out of their own wallets without information around the price and the quality associated with that.
 
The charges that have been put out are fictitious.  Nobody pays the charges.  This effort is to make real prices transparent.  The net allowed amounts that drive the decision-making for patients every day will now be in their hands.  They can make better trade-offs and have, hopefully, more money in their wallets and their paychecks to pay for all of the goods and services they need to live their lives.
 
So this is a very momentous day.  And I appreciate the efforts of the administration all the way through in terms of being able to follow through and execute this.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  And it we did max, right?  We didn’t do a smaller version?
 
MR. VAN HORN:  We did it max. 
 
SECRETARY AZAR:  A-plus.
 
MR. VAN HORN:  It's A-plus. 
 
THE PRESIDENT:  I kept saying --
 
MR. VAN HORN:  A-plus.  (Laughter.)
 
THE PRESIDENT:  There are versions of this.  I said, "No, I don't want the C or the D.  I want the A-plus."  And we did it the A-plus, so I'm very happy with that.  And I think you're going to see things.  It's kicking in immediately.  It'll kick in as of today, but it's going to really start going during the course of the year, the following year -- this year coming.  And you'll see some results that are going to be actually incredible in terms of costs coming down and, I think, in terms of the quality of the care because you're picking people that you'd want to be with.
 
This afternoon, we're grateful to be joined by Secretary Steve Mnuchin -- wherever you may be, Steve.  Where is Steve?
 
SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Right here.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Hi, Steve.
 
Secretary Gene Scalia.  And I hear you're really doing a job over there.  Huh? 
 
SECRETARY SCALIA:  We're doing our best.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Labor is doing okay.  Your numbers are certainly doing very good.  It's a good time to be Department of Labor.  Right?  This is a --
 
SECRETARY SCALIA:  A great story to tell.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Right.  Thank you very much.  Good.
 
Secretary Alex Azar.  Thank you, Alex.  Thank you.  Thank you, Alex.
 
And Administrator Seema Verma.  Thank you very much, Seema.  Where's Seema?  This is an unusual group today.  They're spread all over the place. 
 
I also want to welcome Representatives Kevin Brady, Michael Burgess, and Greg Walden.  They've been so fantastic on getting us to a really good position with the taxes. 
 
We're going to be doing a major middle-income tax cut if we take back the House.  And we'll talking about that sometime later.  But we're going to be doing a very major middle-income tax cut, mostly devoted to middle income who have really been big beneficiaries of the tax cut we did, which was the largest in the history of our country.  But we're doing a major tax cut for the middle income, and that'll be subject, obviously, to take -- taking over the House, because Democrats like tax increases, not tax cuts.
 
I also want to thank our state leaders.  We have a lot state leaders here today at the highest level, and I want to thank them for being here.  And a special thanks again to highly respected economists, Dr. Art Laffer and Dr. Larry Van Horn. 
 
And, really, it was those two people that came to my office.  We were talking about Art, and we were all congratulating him because he did an incredible job over a lot of years with Ronald Reagan and beyond.  And when I said, "The Presidential Medal of Freedom," which is the highest civilian award you can get, he told me this little story about a certain hospital he was involved with where they did this.  And every hospital has had just incredible experience with it.  And I said, "Tell me more."  And then we got involved with Larry and Larry Kudlow also, by the way.  And we had a little group of four people that talked about it a lot.  And I think it's going to have a tremendous impact. 
 
     And again, the statement was made: "This is bigger than healthcare."  And I think it will be.  I think it'll be more meaningful, in many ways.  You'll save so much money and you'll get the care that you want, and you'll choose the doctor you want, which was not possible despite the many pleas.  You know, "You can have your plan and you can have your doctor."  Well, they turned out to be untrue statements about Obamacare. 
 
For decades, hospitals, insurance companies, lobbyists, and special interests have hidden prices from consumers so they could drive up costs for you.  And you had no idea what was happening.  You'd get bills that were unbelievable and you have no idea why. 
 
For example, researchers found that for the same MRI at the same hospital, patients were charged anywhere from $248 to $2,500.  So, 10 times more, at the same hospital.  I assume that would be different doctors within the same hospital.  I don't know if the hospitals are going to like me too much anymore with this, but that's okay, right?  That's okay.  I think the doctors are going to, actually. 
 
In the Boston area, the price of delivering a baby can cost anywhere from roughly $4,700 to nearly $16,000.  One survey found that within a single metro area, the highest negotiated price for a simple blood test was roughly 40 times more than the lowest price.  They were given exactly the same service -- in some cases, sent them to the same labs -- and were charged 40 times more money. 
 
Under the new price transparency rule we are finalizing today -- and it will be all finalized -- it is finalized; it'll be put out today -- all of that will change.  Hospitals will soon be required to publish the price of everything from individual medical supplies to the total cost of common procedures.
 
Next, we will bring much-needed price transparency to insurance companies.  I'm sure they'll be thrilled.  This will allow you to see your out-of-pocket costs and other vital price information before you go in for treatment.  So you're going to know what it's going to be and you're going to be able to have lots of choices, both in terms of doctors, hospitals, and price.  And we're stopping American patients from just getting, pure and simple -- two words, very simple words: ripped off.  Because they've been ripped off for years.  For a lot of years.  
 
With us today is Melissa Ural who works for a company that benefits from price transparency.  And, Melissa, could you come up and say a few words? 
 
MS. URAL:  Thank you, sir.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Great.  Thank you, Melissa.  Thank you very much.
 
MS. URAL:  Thank you, Mr. President.  My name is Melissa Ural, and I am the vice president of human resources for HB Global.  We are an employee-owned mechanical contracting company. 
 
Transparent pricing initiative aligns with our ownership model because it allows employees to get the care that they need at the cost that they want. 
 
Currently, we are partnering with a broker to work and negotiate prices for surgeries and other procedures at local surgical centers.  This allows our employees to know what the procedure or what the cost will look like when they walk through the door.
 
This also allows our employees to get great care at a fraction of the cost, with the same quality and standard of care that they would have gotten, and they won't receive any surprise bills.
 
Right now, we have some price transparency behind the scenes, but with full price transparency up front, our employees can make the best decisions possible. 
 
     We wouldn't expect our employees to go buy a car or a house without knowing the price up front.  Why should their healthcare be any different? 
 
     I want to thank the President for bringing this important initiative to the front.  Thank you.
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, Melissa.  (Applause.) 
 
MS. URAL:  Thank you. 
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Good job, Melissa.
 
     We're also joined by Kara Boeckel, who works for the same company and benefitted when her employer shopped for the best price on a surgery -- a surgery that she needed.  And I'd like to have Kara come up and please tell us about it.  Kara?  Please. 
 
     MS. BOECKEL:  Thank you.
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.
 
     MS. BOECKEL:  My name is Kara Boeckel and I work for HB Global, along with Melissa.  And in January of this year, I had surgery on my ankle.  I’m the sole provider of my two-year-old son, so this impact was huge for his and my day-to-day life. 
 
     When I initially went to an orthopedic urgent care, I had no idea what I was going to pay, no idea what the costs were going to be.  I just know that I needed to get help.  I ended up with a bill for over $1,000.  This was an unexpected expense that my family now had to endure, and it had a huge impact on us. 
 
     I would -- it was a huge stresser to know that I needed surgery and not know what the cost was going to be and how it was going to impact my life. 
 
Thankfully, my company was able to work with a brokerage firm and shop around to know what prices were going to be beforehand.  With insurance, the claim my company would have paid was $19,500, and we wouldn’t have known that cost until afterwards.  By shopping around beforehand, we knew the claim was going to be $7,800, which is a 60 percent price difference.  And it was at zero cost to me.  I was even able to get the care out of the same facility that I was going to go to if I would have used my insurance. 
 
I want to thank the President for making healthcare more transparent so that others in my situation don’t have to have these unexpected financial surprises and hardships.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.
 
     MS. BOECKEL:  Thank you.  (Applause.)
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, Kara.  Also with us is Dr. Rick Schultz, Chief Medical Officer at Texas Free Market Surgery.  Doctor, I’d like to have you come up and say a few words about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.  Thank you, Dr. Rick. 
 
     DR. SCHULTZ:  Thank you.  Well, thank you very much for having us here today.  This is a very exciting day.  I’d like to take a minute to talk about stewardship. 
 
First, I’d like to thank Jesus for allowing me the opportunity and charging me with being a good steward of the opportunity and the abilities to practice orthopedic surgery in Texas for the last 20 years.
 
     I’d also like to thank the President for his leadership and stewardship in this effort and the fact that, since he’s been elected, he trusts Americans to be courageous and make smart decisions with their own money and their own healthcare.  And he knows that we’re smart enough to make good decisions now. 
 
     This policy -- this transparency will be the fuel for healthcare innovation very similar to what we’re doing with Texas Free Market Surgery and Texas Medical Management.  Right now, every day, we take good care of patients at a very fair price, and it’s completely transparent.  This is not something in the future; this is something we’re doing today.  If you don’t believe me, just check out our website. 
 
     Finally, I’d really like to challenge the Americans that this is a right that you’re getting back, to know the price of your healthcare.  This is going to be a fight.  This is very disruptive.  The people who are currently making a lot of money off of us are going to fight this tooth and nail.  If you aren’t ready to fight for this, then don’t complain when it gets taken away from you.
 
     Mr. President, thank you for stepping into the gap, taking the slings and arrows, and helping to get this going. 
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.
 
     DR. SCHULTZ:  Thank you.  (Applause.)
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  I think, if I could, I’d like to have Kevin Brady come up just for a second and talk about what we’ve done with the individual mandate and how that’s just a part of our -- a small part, but it’s a very big part in terms of healthcare; what we did with respect to our tax cuts and our reforms.  And you might want to discuss the individual mandate. Getting rid of it was such a big deal.  Thank you.
 
     REPRESENTATIVE BRADY:  So thank you -- thank you, Mr. President.  So, first, thank you for being the President who led on letting people keep more of what they earn so they can afford healthcare costs, utility costs, college costs, all of which has seemed to go up. 
 
     Secondly, thank you for -- when we saw the failings of the Affordable Care Act, especially forcing average Texans, average Americans, into buying healthcare they couldn’t use and couldn’t afford, you stepped forward with Congress to eliminate, effectively, that mandate.  So -- which was another tax cut on the American people.
 
You’ve also created association health plans.  Because if you’re in a small business -- if you work for a small business or have one, you’ve been left behind under the Affordable Care Act.  Your plans that allow our small businesses to join together to afford healthcare the way the big companies do -- they’re cutting prices 30 and 40 percent, making healthcare affordable again.  Hugely helpful.
 
And then, today, as Art Laffer has pointed out -- and you too, Mr. President -- look, patients are confused.  Families don’t know what things cost.  You can’t shop around and don’t understand the price.  This, pulling back the curtain on healthcare prices, will help competition occur; give us, as families and patients, choices ahead of time; and will ultimately lower the healthcare costs. 
 
     And I'll close with this: It's easy to have quality care or affordable care.  The goal is to have both.  Making these prices transparent allow our families and our businesses to have quality care and affordable at the same time.  This really is transformational.  Thank you, Mr. President.  (Applause.)  
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  It all, sort of, fits in.  It's like a puzzle.  And I see my friend, Greg.  I can't believe you're going to be leaving Congress one of these days.  I was so disappointed to see that, but you're fantastic.  And we all work together with everybody -- all of us. 
 
     Come on up here, the two of you.  I'd like you to discuss Right to Try a little bit.  And, I mean, you think about -- it's really a very important part of healthcare.
 
     REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN:  It is. 
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  The ultimate part of healthcare.  And for 45 years, they've been trying to get it passed and they couldn't do it.  And Greg Walden, the three of us plus a lot, we've got it done.  
 
     REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN:  Hear, hear.  
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Congressman, thank you very much.
 
     REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN:  Hear, hear.  Thank you, Mr. President. 
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Go ahead.  Please.
 
     REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN:  Well, thank you, Mr. President.  We've never had a President lean further, farther forward on behalf of patients than President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)  And we finally got into law -- we finally got into law Right to Try.  Now you're going to get in place "Right to Know."  (Laughter.)  We should have the right to know what these things cost. 
 
This is -- I was here with you when you talked about surprise medical billing.  And we are very close to legislating on that, Mr. President.  And that is a huge win for consumers.  This is a huge win for consumers.  You're doing the right thing.  And Dr. Mike Burgess, who was my Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health Care, now the top Republican on healthcare, has really been a leader in this effort as well, Mr. President. 
 
And your team, working with the Secretaries and Seema and others, have been at the forefront of this.  And Americans are benefitting.  And the one thing I hear about is what Kevin Brady talked about: We want affordable care, we want innovation, but we have to be able to afford it.  And you can't know what things cost if they won't tell you.  And it's all hidden back behind the curtain. 
 
     So, Mr. President, thanks for your leadership and your team's leadership. 
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Michael, say a few words, please.
 
     REPRESENTATIVE BURGESS:  Well, what I hear from constituents all the time -- I practiced medicine for 25 years -- they're concerned with the cost and complexity of healthcare.  This is a major step -- major step -- in delivering on that promise for patients.
 
     Look, there's another party in town that just wants to take away all your choices and give you one choice.  This President is trying to expand your choices.  That's a better choice.
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Michael.  (Applause.)
 
     REPRESENTATIVE BURGESS:  Thank you. 
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much. 
 
     So the actions that we're announcing today are only the latest steps in our campaign to deliver great healthcare for American patients.  Our efforts to reduce the price of prescription drugs -- and I don't know if you know that, but this is the first time, Secretary Azar, I think in 51 years, that prices have actually gone down --
 
     SECRETARY AZAR:  Yep. 
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  -- for prescription drugs.  So, that's quite an achievement. 
 
And if we had the help of the Democrats, which we don't -- it's a shame, because we could knock drug prices down so low.  We will be giving states the right to go to other countries to buy their drugs, because other countries -- because they don’t have these crazy, arcane rules that we could fix so quickly if we had the help of the Democrats.  But they want the price of drugs to say high, I suppose.
 
     But we brought it down the most in 51 years, and we're very proud of that.  But we can bring them down much more.  And one of the things I'm doing is, as an example, Canada will pay much less for drugs because they don't have to pay for research and development, so their pricing is much cheaper.  So we'll buy -- I'm working with Ron DeSantis in Florida and some other governors -- great governors.  And they're going to buy from other countries and skip all of the nonsense.  And I think, ultimately, what that's going to do is the drug companies will bring the price of their drugs down, or they'll buy from other countries.  That's okay, too.
 
     The same pill, made in the same factory, made by the same company, sells for 50, 60, and 70 percent less in one country than it does in another.  And we're always the high country.  So, I'm going to be giving governors the right, very shortly, to buy -- I've already given some the right -- to buy their -- their prescription drugs from other countries.  And we avoid -- we skirt a lot of -- a lot -- that probably sounds like a pretty good idea to you.  What do you think, huh?
 
     DR. LAFFER:  We love it.  (Laughter.) 
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  You, as the great economist.  So, anyway. 
 
     So, the actions that we're announcing today are the latest steps.  Our efforts to reduce the price of prescription drugs -- we're going to have some tremendous results.  We could do it so simply if we had any kind of help from the Democrats.  But they're doing so many other things, namely one: wasting a lot of time.  And very bad for our country, what they're doing. 
 
And they should approve USMCA.  By the way, it's the greatest trade deal ever made.  (Applause.)  And they should stop playing games.  And, you know, Mexico signed it many months ago.  Canada keeps calling me: "When is this deal going to happen?  Is this deal going to happen?"  And it's sitting on Nancy Pelosi's desk for about three months, four months.  Nervous Nancy -- she needs a little nervous energy to get it done because all she has to do is put it up.  She's got plenty of Democrat votes.  A lot of Democrats are pushing her, but she doesn’t want to do it because she doesn’t want to have a victory for the American people.  And that’s all it is.  So either she does it or she doesn’t do it.
 
But Mexico wants to know what's happening.  Canada wants to know what's happening.  They could live without it.  Because it's a great deal for us.  They could live without it.  And they want to know what’s going on. 
 
We eliminated the Obamacare individual mandate penalty, and we're expanding affordable alternatives which cost up to 60 percent less than Obamacare plans.  And it could be even quite a bit higher than that, in some cases.  And we will always protect patients with preexisting conditions, and, as I've been saying lately, and also patients with preexisting physicians.  (Laughter.)  I thought that was good.  I made it in one speech.  I said, "You know, people like that."  But it's true, because you didn’t have your doctor, you didn’t have your plan.  And now you have the plan and you have the doctor.  So, it's pretty good. 
    
In everything we do, my administration is fighting for the rights of American consumers, the wellbeing of American patients, and the health of American people.  We're taking on the bureaucrats in more ways than one.  You probably notice that, right?  We're taking on a lot bureaucrats.  We're taking on the insurance companies, and we're taking on the special interests.
 
And that’s one of the difficulties I have in Washington because I've taken on a lot of the establishment.  And a lot of the politicians are taken care of by the establishment, and they don’t like that I take on the establishment.  But I'm taking it on for the consumer, for the American people.  And that’s why you see prices going down.  And you haven’t seen anything yet.  Things are going to happen that will be shocking.  But there are people in Washington -- as I say, there are people in the swamp that don’t like what I'm doing for that reason.
 
We will not rest until every American has access to the highest quality, most affordable healthcare anywhere in the world. 
 
And, again, I want to thank you all.  And I'd like to ask Secretary Azar to come up and say a few words.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)
 
SECRETARY AZAR:  Well, thank you very much, Mr. President.  And thank you for your leadership.  You asked us, as you said earlier, to deliver "A-plus" transparency in healthcare.  Well, right now, our system wouldn’t even get a passing grade on transparency.  Patients are at the mercy of a shadowy system with no control over their care.  But thanks to your leadership and your transparency executive order, we're changing that.
 
The changes you described, what we're doing at HHS, will be revolutionary to our healthcare system -- perhaps the biggest single change that President Trump has made to Americans' healthcare experience.  More than 70 percent of the most common hospital services are shoppable.  We're delivering American patients the information they need to make the right choices for themselves. 
 
That’s crucial to the kind of system that we're building for American patients with affordable, personalized, patient-centric care that puts you in control and treats you like a human being and not like a number.
 
So thank you, Mr. President, for delivering American patients the affordability that you need, the options and control that you want, and the quality that you deserve. 
 
A key leader in this work has been Administrator Verma, who will now say a few words.  Seema.  (Applause.)
 
ADMINISTRATOR VERMA:  Thank you, Alex. 
 
First of all, I want to thank the President because people have been talking about price transparency forever.  We all know that what's been going on in the healthcare system has been wrong.  It's not fair that patients don’t know the cost of the services that they're going to get.  But only one man has been willing to stand up to special interests and do what's right for patients and put them back in control of their healthcare.  So, thank you, President Trump.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.
 
ADMINISTRATOR VERMA:  Really appreciate it.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much. 
 
ADMINISTRATOR VERMA:  Thank you.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)
 
So, after many, many years, we finally have transparency.  It's going into effect today.  It will have a tremendous impact.  It will, sort of, go in sections and stages, but it all begins today.  And within about 12 months, I think it'll be fully implemented -- and, we can even say, probably a shorter period of time than that.  Some of it's complex and some of it's very easy.  But it's all very good.  It's -- there's never been anything like this.
 
So the word is "transparency," and I love transparency in many ways.  And this is going to be something that’s going to be -- it's going to be incredible for the consumer, for the patient.  I think it’s going to be really good for the good doctors, maybe not so good for other doctors.  I think it’s going to be really good for the great hospitals, frankly.  And it's very exciting. 
 
And it's something that again, Art, I want to thank you very much because you really did bring it to my attention and I appreciate it very much.  Thank you very much. 
 
Yeah, please.
 
Q    Mr. President, what do you say to Democrats that say you were witness tampering this morning when you made that tweet (inaudible) Ambassador Yovanovitch?
 
THE PRESIDENT:  You don’t want to talk about transparency?
 
Q    Well, (inaudible).
 
THE PRESIDENT:  You know, I'll talk about transparency.  I like transparency here.  And I'm the most transparent President in history. 
 
And I'll tell you about what tampering is.  Tampering is when a guy like Shifty Shift [sic] doesn’t let us have lawyers.  Tampering is when Schiff doesn’t let us have witnesses, doesn’t let us speak.  I've been watching today.  For the first time, I started watching and it's really sad when you see people not allowed to ask questions.  It's totally -- nobody has ever had such horrible due process.  There was no due process.  And I think it's --
 
Q    Republicans have been asking questions all day.
 
THE PRESIDENT:  -- I think it's considered a joke all over Washington and all over the world.  The Republicans are given no due process whatsoever.  We're not allowed to do anything.  It's a disgrace what's happening.  But you know what?  The American public understands it.  And that’s why the poll numbers are so good.  And that’s why other things are so good.  What they're doing in Washington with that hearing -- and, by the way, it's a political process.  It's not a legal process.
 
So if I have somebody saying, I'm allowed to speak up.  If somebody says about me, we're not allowed to have any kind of representation, we're not allowed to have almost anything.  And nobody has seen anything like it.  In the history of our country there has never been a disgrace like what’s going on right now.  So, you know what?  I -- I have the right to speak.  I have freedom of speech, just as other people do.  But they’ve taken away the Republicans’ rights.
 
And I watched today, as certain very talented people wanted to ask questions, and they weren’t even allowed to ask questions -- Republicans.  They weren’t allowed to ask questions.  It’s a very sad thing.
 
Go ahead.
 
Q    Why did you attack her?
 
Q    Sir, with your freedom, were you trying to intimidate Ambassador Yovanovitch?
 
THE PRESIDENT:  I just want to have a total -- I want freedom of speech.  That’s a political process.  The Republicans have been treated very badly.  And I watched a little bit of it today.  I wasn’t able to yesterday because we had the President of Turkey here, and I wasn’t able to watch much.  I watched some of it this morning.  I thought it was a disgrace. 
 
When we have great Republican representatives -- people elected by the people -- and they’re not allowed to even ask a question, they’re not allowed to make a statement; we’re not allowed to have witnesses; we’re not allowed to have legal counsel, White House Counsel -- it’s a disgrace and it’s an embarrassment to our nation.
 
Q    Do you believe your tweets and your words can be intimidating, sir?
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Yes -- go ahead, please.
 
Q    Sir, do you believe your tweets and words --
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Quiet.  Quiet.
 
Q    -- can be intimidating, sir?
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Quiet.  Please.
 
Q    Sir, do you believe your tweets and words can be intimidating?
 
THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t think so at all. 
 
Go ahead.
 
Q    Mr. President, do you think you’re going to get impeached?
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I shouldn’t be.  In fact, I thought, last night, it ended.  Because last night, I was in Louisiana, where we’re going to hopefully elect a great governor -- a Republican governor.  And I was getting off the plane, and they handed me a statement that was just made by the Foreign Minister and President of the Ukraine. 
 
And Ukraine -- they came out loud and clear that there was no linkage whatsoever, not even a little bit.  And you saw it.  You all saw it.  I said, “Oh, well, that ends the impeachment.”  And you people don’t even report it. 
 
Look, the press is unbelievably dishonest.  That was a major statement put out last night by the Foreign Minister of Ukraine and also by the President of Ukraine, and you don’t even report it.  It’s a disgrace.  Because it’s sad.  There was absolutely no linkage.  We had a perfect conversation.
 
And I also, because of transparency -- whether it’s medical transparency or just transparency, generally -- I also put out, today, a statement.  And in the statement, we released -- and then Congressman Nunes read -- a call that I had with the President of Ukraine.  And it was a great call.  It was a very nice call.  Everybody said it was perfect.  I always say it was equally as good as the other call.
 
And I put it out today, and nobody even wants to report it.  Because it was so good, they don’t want to report it.
 
Look, if we had an honest press in this country, we would be so well served.  And you know what?  When I look at your approval numbers, they’re the worst they’ve ever been in the history of our country.  The media, the approval numbers -- they are horrible.  And you ought to get yourself back and you ought to put yourself back in a position where people respect the media again.
 
And I know some great journalists, I know some great people in the media, but there aren’t enough of them.  There’s a lot of dishonesty.  And many of you, I just consider members of the Democrats, and it’s a shame.
 
Okay.  Thank you all very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)
 
END                                    2:47 P.M. EST
 
 
 
 

 




Office of the Press Secretary

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND
PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN OF TURKEY
IN JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE

 

East Room
 

 
4:06 P.M. EST
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, everybody.  Please.  I want to begin by welcoming the First Lady with us, today, and the First Lady of Turkey.  Thank you very much for being here.  This is a great honor to have you. 
 
     And we had a wonderful and a very productive meeting.  And before we start, I would like to thank President Erdoğan for releasing detainee Serkan Golge, who was in detention -- in different forms of detention.  And I appreciate that very much.  That was a very nice tribute.  And he'll be coming back at some point in the not-too-distant future.  So, that's -- that's very good news for the United States and also very good news for Turkey. 
 
Turkey, as everyone knows, is a great NATO Ally, and a strategic partner of the United States around the world.  Our economic relationship has tremendous potential and continues to expand and to grow.  Direct engagement and diplomacy between our nations are essential to ensuring a future of peace, and prosperity, and promise for our citizens.
 
Over the course of the day, President Erdoğan and I had a frank and productive conversation on a range of very important topics.  Among those topics we discussed was the situation in Syria. 
 
Last month, I sent Vice President Pence; Secretary of State Pompeo is with us; National Security Advisor O’Brien -- thank you -- to meet with President Erdoğan in the hopes of ending all of the hostilities.  The negotiations were very successful, and the United States and Turkey achieved a tremendous amount on that day.  And I think we're working toward getting it better and better.  It's a complicated situation.  It's been going on for hundreds of years. 
 
Today, the ceasefire continues to hold.  And I want to thank the President for his partnership and cooperation as we work to build a more stable, and peaceful, and prosperous Middle East.  We've assured each other that Turkey will continue to uphold what it's supposed to uphold.  I'm a big fan of the President, I have to tell you that.  And I know that the ceasefire, while complicated, is moving forward and moving forward at a very rapid clip.  There's a lot of people that want to see that work after so many decades and so many centuries, you might say. 
 
The United States and Turkey are working extensively on many other security issues.  Turkey has the second-largest armed forces in NATO after the United States.  And they're a very strong second, I might add.  And I'm pleased that Turkey has been steadily increasing its defense spending and is very close to the 2-percent-of-GDP range, unlike many of the other countries.  At this moment, they're 8 out of the 28 countries that are current, in terms of their obligation, financially. 
 
Turkey has made a vital contribution to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, and its partnership was important to our destruction of the ISIS caliphate.  In fact, just recently, when we took out al-Baghdadi -- and take him out, we did -- Turkey knew that we were going over certain areas.  They were very, very helpful, and we appreciate that very much.  Good for both countries.  We really appreciate it. 
 
We're grateful to President Erdoğan and to the citizens of Turkey for their cooperation in the constant struggle against terrorism.  He fights it like we do. 
 
Key to our security collaboration is our trade -- defense and military equipment program.  American Foreign Military Sales to Turkey total many billions of dollars, and Turkey supplies component parts to many American defense programs.  They make parts of the frame, as an example, for the F-35. 
 
Turkey’s acquisition of sophisticated Russian military equipment, such as the S-400, creates some very serious challenges for us, and we are talking about it constantly.  We talked about it today.  We're talking about it in the future.  Hopefully, we'll be able to resolve that situation. 
 
We've asked our Secretary of State, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and our respective national security advisors to immediately work on resolving the S-400 issue.
 
We've also recently agreed to work toward a $100 billion two-way trade agreement -- Secretary Ross is here -- and I think we've made tremendous progress on that.  We have a lot of trade with Turkey, but it could be many times larger -- and Turkey would like to see that, and it would also be good for the United States.  So we intend to bring it up to $100 billion.  That would be four times what it is right now.
 
Our goal is to expand commerce between the United States and Turkey, reduce our trade deficit, and ensure a truly fair and reciprocal relationship.
 
We are, just for those of you that have any interest -- we discussed it, today, also -- our trade agreement with China is moving along very rapidly.  We'll see what happens, but it's moving along rapidly.  China wants to make a deal, that I can tell you. 
 
One of my chief priorities as President has been removing the barriers to American trade and investment, and ending the illicit practices that harm our workers.  We encourage Turkey to further open its markets -- and they are doing that; they're doing that very much -- toward American goods and American services.  Our markets are open.  Turkey is opening up their markets and they're opening up rapidly.  
 
Mr. President, as we have seen in recent weeks, the U.S.-Turkish alliance can be a powerful force for security and stability not only in the Middle East, but beyond. 
 
I look forward to working with you.  And to your representatives, I want to thank you very much all for being here.  I've gotten to become very familiar with all of you, and I really appreciate it.  You're doing a fantastic job for the people of Turkey. 
 
And I look forward to continuing to find common ground, harness common purpose, and to advance the vital interests of our people and the abiding friendship between our nations.  We have a great relationship, both personally and with the great country of Turkey, and we look forward to moving that forward and making it an even bigger and better relationship.  Thank you very much.  Thank you. 
 
PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN:  Thank you.  (Applause.) 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.) 
 
     PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN:  (As interpreted.)  Mr. President, my dear friend; distinguished ministers; secretaries; distinguished members of the press, I would like to, at the onset, salute you with my most heartfelt emotions on behalf of myself and my nation. 
 
     First and foremost, I would like to thank my dear friend, President Trump, and the First Lady of the United States for being such gracious hosts today. 
 
We've managed to comprehensively discuss all the issues in our agendas with Mr. President all throughout the day and the discussions were very sincere.  We all agree that we need to further profound our cooperation and that Turkish-American relations should be erected upon a strong and a very healthy foundation.  I think we should remain resolved, in order to open a new chapter in our relations, which are in full compliance with our deeply rooted alliance.
 
We have reciprocally stated our will to fight terrorist organizations imposing a clear and a present danger upon our national security.  We have especially underlined the significance of fighting against Daesh in a sustained fashion, especially in the aftermath of the demise of Baghdadi -- the death of Baghdadi.  We have detained several prisoners trying to flee the prisons in Syria and come to Turkey, and we currently have more than 200 Daesh terrorists who have been incarcerated. 
 
And with the Operation Peace Spring initiated on October the 9th, Turkey took another step forward in fighting terrorism in a very resolute fashion.  Our country, with this operation, blew a very significant impact upon the separatist agenda of terrorist organizations, such as PKK and YPG in Syria.
 
In order to further strengthen our cooperation in Syria, we believe we have gained a significant momentum with our October 17th agreement or memorandum.  But in order to harm this memorandum, PKK and YPG are attacking our soldiers and the civilians in a very provocative fashion.  And, in the last 24 hours, more than 19 attacks and harassing shots took place.  And at the beginning of this month, in Tal Abyad, a bomb was placed -- an explosive device was placed in an outdoor market and, as a result of the explosion, 13 civilian lives were lost. 
 
Despite all of these developments, in order to settle the conflict in Syria in a sustained fashion, we are reiterating our commitment to our memorandum -- our agreement with the United States.  But some circles who are empathetic towards these terrorist organizations are feeling deeply upset.  They are deeply disturbed and they are using this information in order to cloud the understanding of the public opinion and that perception with the eventual gain or goal of harming our relations. 
 
And some historical developments and allegations are being used in order to dynamite our reciprocal and bilateral relations.  Especially in the House of Representatives, some of the resolutions that were passed on October 29th served this very purpose and hurt deeply the Turkish nation, and they have a potential of casting a deep shadow over our bilateral relations.  And I shared this information with Mr. President. 
 
The decision makers in an incident that took place about 104 years ago should not be politicians, but historians.  We have nothing to hide, and we have a full self-esteem in that regard.  But I need to state very clearly that we are, as Turkey, on the side of dialogue and open discussion and debate.  And we have voiced our proposals to the Armenian party to open the archives reciprocally and establish a history commission.
 
I believe the Senate will take this -- take the United States out of this vicious cycle, which happened as a result of the resolution of the House of Representatives.  Turkey and the United States stand side by side in order to fully eradicate Daesh and in order to bring peace and stability to Syria once and for all.  And for this purpose, we should keep on working together. 
 
Turkey remains, or it should be, the most reliable partner of the United States in this region to achieve these targets.  We are the only NATO Ally, as Turkey, who has fought Daesh in a very resolved fashion.  And until so far, we have detained 7,680 foreign fighters and we have sent them back to their countries of origin.  And we have been entry to 77,000 individuals who are considered to be affiliated with Daesh terrorist organization.  And, right now, in our presence, a total of 1,216 Daesh members are incarcerated, coming from 40 different countries.  We have quite recently detained 287 individuals, including women and children who have fled the prisons that PKK and YPG used to control.
 
Our country is being showcased as a target and this terrorist organization caused 304 Turkish citizens to die -- and against which we are going to keep on fighting.  And it's very important to understand that the foreign fighters should be accepted by the countries of origin.  And we have the same understanding with President Trump in order to convince the countries of origin to do this.
 
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, we have a border line of 911 kilometers with Syria.  And when the war broke out, nine years ago, we were the ones at the forefront impacted heavily and maybe the most.  Currently, we have 3,650,000 Syrian refugees and a total of more than 4,000,000 refugees.  And we have spent about $40 billion, even beyond that, for these refugees in our country.  And until so far, Europe only sent €3 billion, despite a higher pledge.  Through our NGOs and, similarly, we are providing sustained humanitarian aid to more than 3 million people living on the Syrian territory. 
 
Back in the year 2015, at the G20 Antalya Summit, I launched an appeal in order to establish a safe zone in Syria.  But because of the delay, hundreds of -- tens of thousands of civilian lives were lost.  This problem cannot continue forever and ever.
 
     Previously, with our Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch, we have managed to clear an area of 4,000 square kilometers of terrorist presence.  And I agree with the proposals of the -- of the President.  It’s very important to realize our goals. 
 
     I said Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch -- and, through these operations, we’ve managed to repatriate 365,000 Syrians back to their motherlands, especially in Jarabulus.  And thanks to the Operation Peace Spring, we have secured many towns and many villages, and the rightful settlers are going back. 
 
     We have shared our projects with President Trump and our several plans for the safe zone.  And with the support of the United Nations and international community, we can repatriate many more Syrian refugees in the northern part of Syria.  We’re talking about an area of 444 kilometers in length and 32 kilometers in depth.  One million people can be repatriated.  And in Raqqa and Deir az-Zor, 1 million more individuals can be repatriated.  So, a total of 2 million refugees can be repatriated.
 
     Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization, known as “FETÖ,” attempted to destroy the constitutional order of Turkey with a failed coup attempt, and it is a terrorist organization behind this failed coup.  They have killed 251 individuals, harming 2,193 citizens.  And they have even dared to bomb our parliament -- airborne. 
 
We have once again accentuated our expectations vis-à-vis our friends at the U.S. administration to once and for all eradicate FETÖ presence here. 
 
And we have also discussed with President Trump how to achieve the $100 billion trade-volume threshold as soon as possible.  We believe that we should not confuse political incidents with commerce-related aspirations.  And our secretaries of commerce are currently heavily invested in achieving the $100 billion threshold.  We hope and pray that we will shy away from certain measures which will make it much more challenging for us to reach these targets.  
 
And we have also quite naturally discussed our deeply rooted relations in the field of defense industry, primarily the S-400 system and the F-35 program.  We can only surmount the hurdles that we experienced through dialogue.
 
My dear friend previously stated, back in Osaka at the G20 Summit, the injustice orchestrated against Turkey, in terms of the acquisition of Patriot missiles.  And we have clearly stated to President Trump that, under suitable circumstances, we could acquire Patriot missiles as well.  As Turkey, we are ready and committed to sustain a very constructive dialogue with the United States Congress, and this is an idea that I’ve shared with President Trump as well.
 
So with these thoughts in mind, I hope and pray that our discussions and deliberations all throughout the day with President Trump will yield the most auspicious results. 
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank President Trump for their kind invitation and for being such gracious hosts all throughout the day.  On behalf of my personal self, on behalf of my delegation, I would like to thank you.  (Applause.)
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much, Mr. President.  And I called up the Senate; I asked a couple of our senators.  And we really ended up with five -- and others wanting to come, and we‘ll keep them apprised.  But some of them joined us.  They happen to be here.  Senator Jim Risch.  Thank you, Jim, very much.  Ted Cruz, thank you very much.  Lindsey Graham.  Lindsey, thank you.  And Rick Scott.  Thank you, Rick, very much.  Joni is here -- Joni Ernst -- someplace. 
 
These are people that want to see peace in the Middle East and I thought it would be appropriate to have them come over.  And they met with the President and we had a lot of very frank discussion.  And we’re dealing with a very big subject -- a complex subject.  It’s been going on for centuries, in many cases.  But we’re making a lot of progress -- tremendous progress in the Middle East.
 
Okay, a couple of questions.  Go ahead, OAN.  Go ahead. 
 
Q    Thank you, Mr. President.
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.
 
Q    First, I would like to just start out getting your general reaction today to the impeachment hearings on the Hill.  Do you feel that Democrats made their case?  And how did you feel about the Republican performance?  
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Are you talking about the witch hunt?  Is that what you mean?  Is that what you’re talking about?  I hear it’s a joke.  I haven’t watched.  I haven’t watched for one minute because I’ve been with the President, which is much more important, as far as I’m concerned.
 
This is a sham and shouldn’t be allowed.  It was a situation that was caused by people that shouldn’t have allowed it to happen. 
 
I want to find out who is the whistleblower because the whistleblower gave a lot of very incorrect information, including my call with the President of Ukraine, which was a perfect call and highly appropriate.  And he wrote something that was much different than the fact.  I want to find out why the IG -- why would he have presented that, when, in fact, all he had to do was check the call itself and he would have seen it.
 
I’m going to be releasing -- I think, on Thursday -- a second call, which actually was the first of the two.  And you’ll make a determination as to what you think there.  But I’ve heard -- just a report -- they said it’s all third-hand information.  Nothing direct at all.  It can’t be direct because I never said it. 
 
And all they have to do is look very, very simply at the transcript.  If you read the transcript -- this was analyzed by great lawyers.  This was analyzed by Gregg Jarrett.  It was analyzed by Mark Levin.  It was analyzed by everybody.  They said this statement that I made -- the whole call that I made with the President of Ukraine was a perfect one. 
 
So -- that this country gets put through that, that we have to waste this gentleman’s time by even thinking about it, talking about it -- I’d much rather focus on peace in the Middle East.  And I hear that it’s -- I hear that it’s a hoax, and it’s being played as a hoax.  That’s what I hear, but you’ll have to tell me. 
 
Go ahead.
 
Q    Then, if I may, on Syria and peace in the Middle East: President Erdoğan talked about repatriating Syrian refugees back to their homeland. 
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yeah.
 
Q    Have you had those discussions with European leaders, since there are so many Syrian --
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, no.  I think that, frankly, Europe should be paying for this, to a large extent.  As of this moment, Turkey has been paying for most of it.  I think the President was saying today, they've spent over $40 billion on the cost of that -- $40 billion.
 
     PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN:  (Inaudible.) 
    
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  How much?
 
     PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN: (Inaudible.) 
 
     PARTICIPANT:  Forty. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Forty.  That's what I said.  (Laughter.)  Whatever.  He spent a lot, okay?  (Laughter.)  They’re giving -- they're throwing out all these different numbers.  I heard it was $40 billion.  How was that -- $40 billion?  Correct?  So, $40 billion.  And I've heard that number from others.  And that's a lot.  Europe has contributed about €3 [billion].  And a lot of these people would go all throughout Europe.  I mean, it would be a -- a devastating situation for Europe, because he's got 4 million people.  He has a lot of Kurds, too, that they're helping and taking care of. 
 
    So, I have spoken to Europe about it.  I think they should help us with ISIS because many of them left France and they left Germany and they left UK -- they left different countries.  And these countries should help us because if they ever did get released, which we won't be doing -- but if they ever did get released, that's where they want to go.  They want to go back to France and Germany and UK and all of those other countries that are not helping us. 
 
     I gave them the option, "Would you like to have them back?"  And, intelligently, they said, "No, thank you."  But that's not right and it's not fair. 
 
     I can tell you also that Turkey captured -- when they -- some escaped during the conflict, when they had the heavy shooting.  And, I mean, I think I know how they happened to escape, but it's one of those things.  Doesn't matter, because Turkey captured everybody that escaped, plus an additional group. 
 
     When we took over, when I became President, ISIS was rampant all over the Middle East.  And, as of about a month ago, I think, Lindsey, we can say that we have now 100 percent of the caliphate.  And they'll always try and grow, but they haven't been able to do that.  And what we did last week with al-Baghdadi -- who is the absolute founder, leader -- set them back.  We also got his number two, and we have our sights on his number three. 
 
     So, they're not going to be growing too fast.  But I will say, Turkey has been helping us a lot.
 
     Q    So, with that, I have -- I also have a question for President Erdoğan.  With the -- what you're calling a realignment along the northern Syria border, a lot of Christians in that region are feeling very vulnerable.  Groups on the ground are saying that attacks on Christians have increased under this new policy.  And that they're not feeling safe any longer.  Can you guarantee that the Turkish government will also protect Christians in that region?  The fact that there was an attack on an Armenian priest -- he died -- he and his father -- this week.  ISIS is claiming responsibility. 
 
     PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN:  (As interpreted.)  Thank you.  Thank you.  On the contrary, Keldani, Yazidi, and Christian minorities is an area where we're especially sensitive about, and we have certain, different plans -- whether it be the ones remaining on the side of Syria -- whose sanctuaries have been destroyed, whose churches had been destroyed -- will see their sanctuaries getting revived and their churches will be reconstructed so that they can go back and start praying there again.  And these are the plans that we're making for them.
    
     As I said before, the Christian minorities -- Aramaic Christ- -- Catholics, Keldani, and Yazidi -- the ones who are living on our side of the border have no problems whatsoever, but the ones remaining on the side of the Syrian territory will see their worshiping practices restored and revived in a special manner.
 
     They are receiving healthcare, they're receiving humanitarian aid in every aspect possible.  Thank you.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Would you like to pick somebody?
 
     PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN:  (No translation provided.)
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  A friendly person from Turkey, please.  Friendly.  Only friendly reporters we like to see.  There aren't --
 
     Q    I'll try. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  -- too many of them around. 
 
     Q    Thank you, Mr. President. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.
 
     Q    You had the burden of Obama's flawed foreign policy.  And one of those flaws was allying the U.S. with the U.S.-designated terrorist organization, the PKK, and its Syrian offshoot, YPG.  You're trying to mend the damage that it did to U.S.-Turkey relations.  
 
However you also invited the ringleader of YPG to the White House -- his codename “Mazloum Kobani.”  And he is responsible for at least 18 terrorist attacks in Turkey, which caused the death of 164 soldiers and 48 civilians.  So, after today's meeting, do you still think of inviting him to the White House, which will be very offensive and hurtful for the Turkish public?  Thank you.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I had a very good talk with him.  We had a very good -- recently.  And we're working very closely together, and we're also working very closely together with your great President.  And a lot of things are happening.  A lot of very positive developments are happening. 
 
     A lot of that is definition: what's your definition of the various groups within the Kurds -- you call the “Kurds” -- and then you have various groups.  And some like them, and some don't.  But I think we've made a tremendous amount of -- we've gained a tremendous amount of momentum and strength and knowledge over the last short period of time.  So, we'll see what happens.
    
    But I will say that the relationship with President Erdoğan and Turkey has been outstanding.  And, you know, it's a major country with a tremendous military.  They're one of our very big purchasers of military equipment.  They have the finest equipment in the world, which the United States makes.  We make, by far, the best equipment in the world.  Turkey understood that a long time ago.
 
     So, I think a tremendous amount of progress is being made.  Okay?  Thank you very much.
 
     You could ask the President a question, now.  Same reporter.  You're sure you're a reporter?  You don’t work for Turkey with that question?  (Laughter.)
 
     Q    Me?  Okay.  I'd be glad to.  (As interpreted.)  Mr. President, about FETÖ, we are not getting the best of news out of the United States.  And the FETÖ (inaudible) targeting Turkey is extensively invested in their daily works, but I can see certain traces that the U.S. government is ready to understand more about FETÖ. 
 
So my question is: How do you perceive the situation developing vis-à-vis the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization and the American approach to FETÖ in that regard?  Can we expect anything further?
 
     PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN:  Yes.  Thank you.  During this current visit, we are going to submit -- as we already have, actually -- a great deal of documents and evidence.  And FETÖ is a terrorist organization and he is the leader -- the ringleader of this terrorist organization.  They have killed 251 people in Turkey.  They tried to undertake a coup against the government, the state.  And more than 1,000 -- more than 2,000 people have been injured.  And the ringleader is living on an area of 400 acres in the United States, running his network all around the globe, and this is something unacceptable. 
 
     And during this visit, as I've said before, we have introduced an additional array of documents.  We will submit them to the relevant authorities, including Mr. President.  And in the light of these documents, I think they will appreciate the situation.  We send the terrorists back, if they ask for them, and I'm sure they will do the same for us. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Fox, please.
 
     Q    Thank you, Mr. President.  I know that you didn’t spend a lot of time glued to the TV today, but there was one moment where Ambassador Bill Taylor recounted a conversation that an aide of his overheard.  It was the day after the phone call with Zelensky, on July the 26th, in which the aide says that he overheard you say to Sondland, "How are things going with the -- proceeding with investigations?"  Sondland repeated back to you, according to this aide, that "Ukraine was prepared to do everything that you wanted it to do."  Can you -- was that -- is that correct?  And can you fill in some more of --
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I know nothing about that.  First time I've heard it.  The one thing I've seen that Sondland said was that he did speak to me for a brief moment, and I said, "No quid pro quo under any circumstances."  And that’s true.  And the other -- I'd never heard this. 
 
     In any event, it's more secondhand information, but I've never heard it. 
 
     Q    Do you recall having a conversation with Sondland (inaudible)?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I don’t recall.  No, not at all.  Not even a little bit.  The only thing -- and I guess Sondland has stayed with testimony that there was no quid pro quo.  Pure and simple. 
 
     Yes, please.
 
     Q    And President Erdoğan: President Trump sent you a letter on October the 9th, urging you not to launch a military action into northern Syria.  He said, quote, "Don’t be a tough guy.  Don’t be a fool."  You ignored that letter, and you went ahead, and you launched a military action into northern Syria.  Can you explain why you ignored the President's warning?
 
     PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN:  Well, this letter was represented to Mr. President this afternoon.  And I've also underlined the fact that a terrorist, such as Ferhat Abdi Sahin, should not be considered as an interlocutor by a country such as the United States.  And this individual, Ferhat Abdi Sahin, has been instrumental in the killings of hundreds of Turkish civilians and he is a person labelled as "like a son" for the terrorist leader who is currently incarcerated in Turkey, Abdullah Öcalan. 
 
So, a person like this should not be welcomed by a country such as the United States.  And similarly, this person was welcomed by a country such as Russia.  So, it's very difficult for me to understand these when we're trying to fight terrorism on a global scale.  If we're going to sustain our fight against terrorism in a healthy fashion, we need to be much more sensitive than we currently are.  “It happens to us today and it will happen to somebody else tomorrow” is a saying that goes in our language. 
 
     We have also provided information and the document thereof to our interlocutors in the White House, including Mr. President.  And I have also submitted a document produced by CIA, pointing out to the fact that this individual is a terrorist, to Mr. President. 
 
     And, as I've said before, I have shared them with His Excellency, Mr. President.  And we gave back the letter that we have received. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  President, please.
    
PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN:  For me?
 
Q    Thank you very much.  Mr. Kurd, from Kurdistan.  Thank you very much, Mr. President, for all you have done for Kurdistan and for Pesmerga in fight against ISIS. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yup.  Thank you very much.  I appreciate that.
 
     Q    My question is: All senators I meet -- all of them I interviewed -- they believe Kurdistan is very unique in the Middle East and (inaudible) all minorities. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Right.
 
     Q    What is your (inaudible) policy on the Kurds right now? 
 
And as a question for President Erdoğan: Why you are not able to form negotiation with the Kurds in Syria, as Iraqi Kurdistan?  Do you think they will be your friends in future?  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much, Mr. President. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  And I will say that we've had a great relationship with the Kurds.  And we fought with them very successfully against ISIS.  We fought together.  We had -- we have great generals and we have great equipment, and it's certainly helped a lot.  But we were very, very successful. 
 
And we captured, as I said before, 100 percent.  I was going to -- when we were at 97 percent, I was going to say, "Well, that sounds pretty high to me."  And I was thinking about stopping it then.  And a lot of people said, "Please, go to 100."  And very quickly, very rapidly, the military got the 100.  I wanted to have that.  But we have a great relationship with the Kurds -- we have had.  We're with them now; we get along with them. 
 
And, by the way, I think the President, he may have some
factions within the Kurds, but I think the President has a great relationship with the Kurds.  Many Kurds live currently in Turkey.  And they're happy and they're taken care of, including healthcare -- we were talking about it before -- including healthcare and education and other things.  So that's really a misnomer.  But our relationship with the Kurds has been a very good one.  Okay?  Thank you. 
 
     PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN:  (As interpreted.)  First, we have to make a distinction between two things.  We have no problems with the Kurds; we have problems with terrorist organizations.  Some terrorists coming out of the Kurds -- which are they?  What are they?  PYD and YPG -- which are offshoots of the terrorist organization, PKK. 
 
Just as we have no problems with our brothers and sisters in the northern part of Iraq, where we enjoy great relations, and we have no problems with, similarly, our brothers and sisters in the northern part of Syria, during the times when Assad was not recognizing the Kurdish presence in the northern part, I told him that he needs to give these individuals passports and that he was making a mistake.
    
     And secondly, there is something really important.  I want you to know this: My political party has more than 50 MPs of Kurdish ethnicity in the Turkish parliament.  We don't have problems with the Kurds, but we have problems with the terrorists.  And, of course, you're not going to own up to the terrorists, are you -- whoever they are, whoever they might be?  But we have to make a distinction here.  We're just fighting terrorists, period.  Because the terrorists don't have an ethnicity, they don't have a nationality, they don't have a flag.  If they're terrorists, that is a terrorist.  If you don't fight back, then tomorrow you will have to pay a very hefty price. 
 
Thank you. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.
                        
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Office of the Press Secretary

NOMINATION SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Dan R. Brouillette, of Texas, to be Secretary of Energy, vice James Richard Perry, resigning.


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Office of the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate:

Andrew L. Brasher of Alabama, to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Andrew Brasher currently serves as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.  Before taking the bench in May 2019, Judge Brasher was the Solicitor General of the State of Alabama, where he argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Alabama Supreme Court.  He previously served for several years as the Deputy Solicitor General and practiced in the litigation and white-collar criminal defense practice groups in the Birmingham, Alabama office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.  Upon graduation from law school, Judge Brasher served as a law clerk to Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Judge Brasher earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Samford University and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review.

John P. Cronan of New York, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
 
John Cronan is the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  He previously served as the Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division from November 2017 to July 2018.  Before joining the Criminal Division, Mr. Cronan was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he supervised the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit and served in the office’s Civil Division.  Mr. Cronan has also served as an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law, where he co-taught a seminar on Federal criminal prosecutions.  Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Cronan served as a law clerk to Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr. on both the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He also clerked for Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Mr. Cronan earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.
 
William Scott Hardy of Pennsylvania, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Scott Hardy is a shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his practice focuses on labor and employment matters.  Before joining Ogletree Deakins in 2010, Mr. Hardy practiced for more than a decade at Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.  He previously served as President of the Dean W. Edward Sell Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Mr. Hardy earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Allegheny College and his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.

John F. Heil III of Oklahoma, to serve as Judge on the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma.

John Heil is a shareholder and director at Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation.  Before joining Hall Estill, Mr. Heil served the State of Oklahoma as Assistant District Attorney in the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.  Mr. Heil earned his B.S. from Oklahoma State University and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he served as an Editor for the Tulsa Law Journal.

John C. Hinderaker of Arizona, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

John Hinderaker currently serves as a Judge on the Arizona Superior Court for Pima County, having been appointed by Governor Doug Ducey in 2018.  Before taking the bench, Judge Hinderaker was a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP in Tucson, Arizona, where his practice focused on commercial litigation.  Upon graduation from law school, Judge Hinderaker served as a law clerk to Judge John M. Roll and Judge Raymond T. Terlizzi, both of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.  Judge Hinderaker earned his B.A., with honors, from the University of California Santa Barbara and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona College of Law, where he was a member of the Arizona Law Review

Iris Lan of New York, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Iris Lan is an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice.  Ms. Lan is currently on detail from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she has served as an Assistant United States Attorney and most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section.  She has also served in the Department of Justice as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel and as a Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Lan served as a law clerk to Judge William C. Bryson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Ms. Lan earned her B.A., M.A., and J.D. from Harvard University.

Matthew T. Schelp of Missouri, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Matthew Schelp is a partner at Husch Blackwell LLP in Saint Louis, Missouri, where his practice focuses on government compliance, investigations, and litigation.  Before joining Husch Blackwell, he founded a boutique litigation firm in Saint Louis and served for nearly a decade as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Missouri.  Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Schelp served in the U. S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  He earned his B.S.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Missouri.

Carl Ezekiel Ross of Washington, D.C., to serve as Associate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Carl Ezekiel Ross serves as Counsel to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ethics in Washington, D.C., where he investigates alleged violations of criminal law, civil law, and regulations, and prepares matters for adjudication by the Committee.  Before joining the Committee, Mr. Ross served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he handled more than 100 Federal appellate and District Court matters.  He also worked as a litigation associate with Arnold & Porter LLP before serving in the United States Attorney’s Office.  Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Ross served as a law clerk to the Honorable James R. Spencer of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Mr. Ross earned his B.A. from Oral Roberts University and his J.D. from William & Mary School of Law, where he served as Associate Articles Editor on the William & Mary Law Review.

Alina Ionescu Marshall of Virginia, to serve as Judge on the United States Tax Court.

Alina Marshall is Counsel to the Chief Judge of the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C.  Before assuming her current role at the United States Tax Court, Ms. Marshall practiced tax law at West & Feinberg, P.C. and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP and served as a Law Clerk on the United States Tax Court.  Ms. Marshall has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in its Graduate Tax Program.  Ms. Marshall earned her B.A., cum laude, from Yale University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as an Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Christian N. Weiler of Louisiana, to serve as Judge on the United States Tax Court.

Christian Weiler is a partner at Weiler & Rees, LLC in New Orleans, Louisiana, where his practice includes all areas of tax law, with an emphasis on tax litigation.  Mr. Weiler is a board-certified tax law specialist as recognized by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.  Mr. Weiler also serves as an officer with the Tax Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.  Mr. Weiler earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University, his J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and his LL.M. in Taxation from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
 

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Office of the Press Secretary
NOMINATION SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Stephen Hahn, of Texas, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services, vice Scott Gottlieb.

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Office of the Press Secretary
November 1, 2019

 
Presidential Determination
No.       2020-04         
      
 
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

SUBJECT:    Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2020


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, in accordance with section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the "Act") (8 U.S.C. 1157), after appropriate consultations with the Congress, and consistent with the Report on Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2020 submitted to the Congress on September 26, 2019, I hereby determine and authorize as follows:

The admission of up to 18,000 refugees to the United States during Fiscal Year 2020 is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest.  These admissions shall be allocated among refugees of special humanitarian concern to the United States in accordance with the following allocations:

   1.    Refugees who:
     •    have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of persecution on account of religion; 
or 
     •    who are within a category of aliens established under subsections (b) and (c) of section 599D of Title V, Public Law 101-167, as amended (the Lautenberg and Specter Amendments) 5,000

   2.    Refugees who are within a category of aliens     
listed in section 1243(a) of the Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act of 2007, Title XII, Div. A, Public Law 110 181, as amended     4,000

   3.    Refugees who are nationals or habitual            
residents of El Salvador, Guatemala,
or Honduras              1,500

   4.    Other refugees, including, in particular:        
     •    those referred to the United States Refugee Admissions Program by a United States Embassy in any location;
     •    those who gain access to the United States Refugee Admissions Program for family reunification through the "Priority 3" process or through a Form I-730 following to join petition;
     •    those currently located in Australia, Nauru, or Papua New Guinea who gain access to the United States Refugee Admissions Program pursuant to an arrangement between the United States and Australia; and
     •    those in the United States Refugee Admissions Program who were in "Ready for Departure" status as of September 30, 2019.       7,500

Total refugee admissions ceiling                      18,000

Additionally, after consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Attorney General, and upon notification to the appropriate committees of the Congress, you are further authorized to transfer unused admissions from a particular allocation above to one or more other allocations, if such transfer would be in the national interest and there is a need for greater admissions for the allocation to which the admissions will be transferred.

Consistent with section 2(b)(2) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (22 U.S.C. 2601(b)), I hereby determine that assistance to or on behalf of persons applying for admission to the United States as part of the overseas refugee admissions program will contribute to the foreign policy interests of the United States, and I accordingly designate such persons for this purpose.

Consistent with section 101(a)(42) of the Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(42)), and after appropriate consultation with the Congress, I also specify that, for Fiscal Year 2020, the following persons may, if otherwise qualified, be considered refugees for the purpose of admission to the United States within their countries of nationality or habitual residence:

   a.    persons in Cuba;
   b.    persons in Eurasia and the Baltics;
   c.    persons in Iraq;
   d.    persons in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador; and
   e.    in exceptional circumstances, persons identified by a United States Embassy in any location.

You are authorized and directed to publish this determination in the Federal Register.


                        DONALD J. TRUMP
 
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Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts
 
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:

Stephen Hahn of Texas, to be the Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Stephen Hahn has been Chief Medical Executive at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), Houston, TX, since May 2018 and Gilbert H. Fletcher Memorial Distinguished Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology at MDACC since January 2015. MDACC is a research-driven patient care organization that has approximately 21,000 employees with an annual revenue of $5 billion and the largest number of clinical trials in the United States. As a radiation oncologist, Dr. Hahn specializes in treating lung cancer and sarcoma. He has authored 220 peer-reviewed original research articles. From 1996-2014, Dr. Hahn was at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was Henry K. Pancoast Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology from 2005-2014. Dr. Hahn was a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) from 1989-1996. Dr. Hahn received his medical degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, in 1984 and his B.A. in Biology from Rice University, Houston, TX, in 1980. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at NCI, his fellowship in medical oncology at NCI, and his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Hospitals. He is board-certified in both medical oncology and radiation oncology.
 
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Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

Catherine Ann Stevens of Alaska, to be a Member of the Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Commission.
 
Stuart Chikami of Nevada, to be a Member of the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.
 
Lee Greenwood of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
 
The following individuals to be Members of the Board of Visitors to the United States Coast Guard Academy:
  • Stephen Flynn of Connecticut
  • Erica Schwartz of Florida
  • Michael Bruno of Hawaii
  • Stacey A. Dixon of the District of Columbia
  • Daniel P. Walsh of New Jersey
 
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Office of the Press Secretary

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Sarah C. Arbes, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, vice Matthew Bassett, resigned.

     Todd C. Chapman, of Texas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federative Republic of Brazil.

     Lanny Erdos, of Ohio, to be Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, vice Joseph G. Pizarchik.

     Robert J. Feitel, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, vice Hubert T. Bell, Jr., retired.

     Grace Karaffa Obermann, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years, vice Susan G. Braden, term expired.

     Michael D. Weahkee, of New Mexico, to be Director of the Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, for the term of four years, vice Yvette Roubideaux, term expired.

 

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Office of the Press Secretary

TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
 
 
October 25, 2019
 
 
Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
 
Pursuant to section 502(d)(3) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2462(d)(3)), I am hereby advising you of my intent to suspend the duty-free treatment accorded under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program to certain eligible articles that are the product of Thailand, effective 6 months from the date of my proclamation. 
 
After considering the criteria set forth in sections 501 and 502(c) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2461 and 2462(c)), in particular section 502(c)(7) (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(7)), I have determined that Thailand is not taking steps to afford workers in Thailand internationally recognized worker rights.  Accordingly, I have determined that it is appropriate to suspend the duty-free treatment accorded under the GSP to certain eligible articles that are the product of Thailand.
 
The United States remains committed to fair and reciprocal trade with Thailand.
 
                             Sincerely,
 
 
 
                             DONALD J. TRUMP
 
 
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Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

Sarah C. Arbes of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services (Legislation).

Ms. Arbes currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  In this role, she serves as a senior liaison between Congress and HHS.  Before joining HHS, Ms. Arbes worked at Business Roundtable as the trade group’s chief advocate on healthcare and retirement policy.  She also has nearly a decade of service in Congress, having worked on the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions as Chairman Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) Deputy Health Policy Director, Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) Legislative Assistant, and Senator Jim Talent’s (R-MO) Senior Constituent Caseworker.  Ms. Arbes was also Vice President of Government Affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association and served in the George W. Bush administration as a congressional liaison at the Department of Labor.  She earned her M.P.A. from Syracuse University and her B.A.  from The University of Oklahoma.  Ms. Arbes resides in Annandale, Virginia, with her husband and two children.

Todd C. Chapman of Texas, to be Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federative Republic of Brazil.

Mr. Chapman, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, most recently served as Ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador.  He previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, and Senior Deputy Coordinator for Economic Affairs at the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Mr. Chapman was also Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, Political/Economic/Commercial Counselor at the United States Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, and Economic Officer at the United States Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Chapman held positions in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and in Nigeria, Uganda, Mozambique, and Taiwan.  Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a Consultant in Brazil and Texas and as a Commercial Banker in New York and Saudi Arabia.  Mr. Chapman earned an A.B. from Duke University and an M.S. from the Joint Military Intelligence College. 

Robert J. Feitel of Maryland, to be Inspector General of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Mr. Feitel  currently serves as a Trial Attorney in the Capital Case Section of the Department of Justice.  Before joining the Capital Case Section of Main Justice, in early 2011, Mr. Feitel served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the criminal division at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he also served in 2002.  In 2010, he was detailed to the Justice Department's National Security Division, Office of Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism Unit.  Previously, he served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2001-2002.  In 1995, Mr. Feitel joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an Assistant General Counsel.  Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Stephen M. Waldron, Circuit Court for Harford County, Maryland.  Mr. Feitel earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. 

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Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board:
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring September 22, 2022.
  • Shahira E. Knight of the District of Columbia, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring September 22, 2020.
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be Members to the Board of Visitors to the United States Merchant Marine Academy for terms of two years expiring January 2, 2022:
  • Jennifer Boykin of Virginia (Academy Graduate).
  • Stephen M. Carmel of Virginia (Maritime Rep).
  • Robert Scott Volkert of New Jersey.
  • Kevin James Walsh of New Jersey (Academy Graduate).
  • Vice Admiral Johnny R. Wolfe, Jr. of Texas (Flag Officer).

 
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Office of the Press Secretary
 
 
TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
 
 
October 14, 2019
 
 
Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
 
Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the "order") declaring a national emergency due to the situation in and in relation to Syria, and in particular the recent actions by the Government of Turkey to conduct a military offensive into northeast Syria.  I have taken this action because recent actions by the Government of Turkey undermine the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, endangers civilians, and further threatens to undermine the peace, security, and stability in the region, and thereby constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. I have also announced that steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50 percent, the level prior to reduction in May.
 
To deal with this threat, the order, consistent with law, blocks all property and interests in property, within the jurisdiction of the United States, of certain persons determined to be responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that contribute to this threat. 
 
The order also authorizes the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and other officials of the United States government as appropriate, to impose sanctions upon persons determined to be responsible for or complicit in, have directly or indirectly engaged in, or attempted to engage in, or financed, various actions that contribute to this unusual and extraordinary threat.  These actions include the obstruction, disruption, or prevention of a ceasefire in northern Syria and of efforts to promote a political solution to the conflict in Syria.  Sanctions may affect various financial transactions, including government procurement contracts, foreign exchange transactions, investments, and importation of goods, technology, or services, as well as impose the denial of a visa and exclusion from the United States of the sanctioned person.
 
To deal with this threat, and because the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens subject to sanctions would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the order also suspends the entry of such persons into the United States.
 
The order authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to me by IEEPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order. 
 
I am enclosing a copy of the order, as well as the press statement I issued earlier today.
 
                             Sincerely,
 
 
 
                             DONALD J. TRUMP
 

 

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Office of the Press Secretary
 
 
October 11, 2019
 
 
 
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
 
SUBJECT:       Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839
 
 
On May 25, 2018, I signed three Executive Orders requiring executive departments and agencies (agencies) to negotiate collective bargaining agreements that will reduce costs and promote government performance and accountability.  These Executive Orders, Executive Order 13836 of May 25, 2018 (Developing Efficient, Effective, and Cost-Reducing Approaches to Federal Sector Collective Bargaining), Executive Order 13837 of May 25, 2018 (Ensuring Transparency, Accountability, and Efficiency in Taxpayer-Funded Union Time Use), and Executive Order 13839 of May 25, 2018 (Promoting Accountability and Streamlining Removal Procedures Consistent with Merit System Principles), were partially enjoined by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on August 25, 2018.  The District Court's injunction barred enforcement of sections 5(a), 5(e), and 6 of Executive Order 13836, sections 3(a), 4(a), and 4(b) of Executive Order 13837, and sections 3, 4(a), and 4(c) of Executive Order 13839. 
 
On July 16, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the District Court lacked jurisdiction and vacated its judgment, and the Court of Appeals has now issued the mandate making its judgment effective.
 
Provisions of the Executive Orders that had been subject to the District Court's injunction set presumptively reasonable goals that agencies must pursue during bargaining; directed agencies to refuse to bargain over permissive subjects of negotiation; and established Government-wide rules that displace agencies' duty to bargain with unions over contrary matters, regardless of whether the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute would otherwise require bargaining absent those rules.  Sections 4(c)(ii) and 8(a) of Executive Order 13837 and section 8(b) of Executive Order 13839, however, recognized agencies' ability to comply with collective bargaining agreements containing prohibited terms so long as such agreements were effective on the date of the Executive Orders. 
 
While the District Court's injunction remained in effect, agencies retained the ability to bargain over subjects covered by the enjoined provisions.  The Executive Orders, however, did not address collective bargaining agreements entered into during this period.  As a result, it is necessary to clarify agencies' obligations with respect to such collective bargaining agreements. 
 
Agencies shall adhere to the terms of collective bargaining agreements executed while the injunction was in effect.  Agencies that remain engaged in collective-bargaining negotiations, to the extent consistent with law, shall comply with the terms of the Executive Orders.  However, where, between the date of the Executive Orders and the date of the Court of Appeals's mandate, the parties to collective bargaining negotiations have executed an agreement to incorporate into a new collective bargaining agreement specific terms prohibited by the Executive Orders, an agency may execute the new collective bargaining agreement containing such terms, and terms ancillary to those specific terms, notwithstanding the Executive Orders.
 
To the extent it is necessary, this memorandum should be construed to amend Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839.
 
The Director of the Office of Personnel Management is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
 
 
 
                             DONALD J. TRUMP


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Office of the Press Secretary
 
PRESS BRIEFING
BY SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY STEVEN MNUCHIN 
 
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
 
 
1:46 P.M. EDT
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Hello everybody.  So, I just met with President Trump, and he has authorized and will be signing a new executive order giving the Treasury Department, in consultation with himself and Secretary Pompeo, very significant new sanctions authorities that can be targeted at any person associated with the government of Turkey, any portion of the government.  This will be both primary sanctions and secondary sanctions that will be applicable.
 
     The President is concerned about the ongoing military offensive and potential targeting of civilians, civilian infrastructure, ethnic or religious minorities.  And also the President wants to make very clear: It is imperative that Turkey not allow even a single ISIS fighter to escape.
 
     Again, I want to emphasize: At this point, we are not activating the sanctions.  But, as the President has said, he will provide very significant authorities based upon the continuing efforts. 
 
So he will be signing this.  They will be active.  We will be working in consultation with the Department of Defense and Department of State to moderating this very quickly.  We are putting financial institutions on notice that they should be careful, and that there could be sanctions.
 
     Again, there are no sanctions at this time, but this will be the broadest executive authorities delegated to us.
 
     Q    When you spoke with the President, was there any concern about the actions he took that led to this?  And can you tell us when would you put the sanctions in?  What would it take for you to actually activate?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Okay.  Well, on -- no, I don’t think he thinks his actions are what led to this.  It is a complicated situation.  It’s a situation that we’re all concerned about, and the humanitarian situation.  And there are very clear discussions that will be going on between the Department of Defense and the State Department.  I just got off the phone with the Finance Minister, and we will be communicating specifics that we’re not going to telegraph here.
 
     Q    Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  Can you give us an update on the China trade negotiations that are ongoing today?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  I didn’t think anybody would be asking me about that.  (Laughter.)
 
     Q    Could you give us an update on the China trade negotiations that are going on today?  Is it possible that we get to the end of the day today with no new specific deals agreed to?  Or are we definitely going to see something today?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Okay.  So, I wanted to make sure everybody knew in advance I wasn’t talking about China, because I didn’t want to think I was calling a specific China meeting. 
 
We have had productive two days of discussions.  Ambassador Lighthizer and myself with the Vice Premier and others, we will be meeting with the President shortly.  We will be updating the President on those.  He’ll then be meeting with the Vice Premier.  I wouldn’t be surprised if, like usual, he decides to invite a few of you in, but I’m not going to make any other comments in advance of us meeting with the President.
 
     Q    The stock market is very optimistic about what it sees over at the USTR’s office.  Are they right to be optimistic?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  The stock market is always right.  (Laughs.)
 
     Q    No, no.  But is there -- is there reason for optimism?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Again, I’m not going to make any more comments.  I’ve said we’ve had productive two days of discussions.  We’ll be making more announcements after we meet with the President.
 
     Q    So far, Turkey has not been dissuaded by anything this administration has done or the President has said.  What makes you confident that the announcement that you just made is going to change Turkey’s (inaudible)?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, I don’t -- I don’t agree with your premise.  I’m not going to comment on specific confidential discussions that have been going on on different levels.  So, I don’t think that’s a good premise.
 
     But, again, these are very powerful sanctions.  We hope we don’t have to use them.  But we can shut down the Turkish economy if we need to.
 
     Q    Mr. Secretary, how does the threat of these sanctions help these U.S. allies who say they have been abandoned?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Again, it’s a complicated military situation that is ongoing.  There are discussions.  I think the President has had very specific discussions.  As I said, the Department of Defense -- we have expectations.  This is a way of making sure that we protect the humanitarian issues and the other people on the ground.
 
     Q    As far as you know, have any plans specifically changed about Turkish President Erdoğan still visiting the White House?  Are things still in good faith?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  I’m not aware of anything that’s changed.  But, again, I’m not confirming that.  I just haven’t heard anything one way or another.
 
     Q    Mr. Secretary, what kind of consultations are you having with lawmakers like Lindsey Graham, Senator Van Hollen -- who have been really very critical of the pullout of U.S. troops from Syria?
 
     SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Secretary Pompeo has been speaking to them daily.  I’ve been speaking to the Secretary multiple times a day.
 
     I think the message to Congress is -- I know that people were contemplating sanctions.  We’re on top of sanctions.  The President will use them when necessary.
 
     Thank you everybody.
 
                             END                1:52 P.M. EDT 

 



Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts
 
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

Joseph Manso of New York, to be accorded the Rank of Ambassador while performing the duties as the United States Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Joseph Manso, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Organizations at the Department of State. He was previously Director of the Office of United Nations Political Affairs in the Bureau of International Organizations and Director of the Office of Regional European Security Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Mr. Manso also taught at the National War College and was Director of Americas Programs in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Overseas, Mr. Manso served as Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Mission to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Deputy Chief of Staff to the NATO Secretary General, and Director of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Programs at the United States embassies in Iraq and Bolivia. Mr. Manso earned a B.A. from Fordham College and J.D. from Fordham Law School. He speaks Spanish and French. 
 
Jenny A. McGee of Texas, to be an Associate Administrator for Relief, Response and Resilience, United States Agency for International Development.

Jenny McGee completed a 31-year career in the United States Air Force as an intelligence officer. Ms. McGee has commanded operational intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance units around the globe, and she has held key positions in joint and Air Force organizations, including the National Security Council and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She has senior-level staff and deployed experience, with recent duties at Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe and Africa, United States Central Command Air and Space Operations Center, and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Ms. McGee was born in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and has had military assignments around the world. She is a graduate of Purdue University and holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, as well as master’s degrees from the National War College, Naval Command and Staff College, and Joint Military Intelligence College.

Dorothy Shea of North Carolina, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Lebanese Republic.
 
Dorothy Shea, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Previously, she had served as Deputy Principal Officer at the United States Consulate General in Jerusalem, as Director of the Office of Assistance for Asia and the Near East in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and as a Pearson Fellow with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ms. Shea was also the Political/Economic Counselor at the United States Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, a Political Officer at the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, a Director for Democracy and Human Rights at the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the Special Envoy for War Crimes Issues in the Department of State. Ms. Shea earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia, M.S. from Georgetown University, and M.S. from the National War College. She speaks French and Arabic.
 
John Joseph Sullivan of Maryland, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Russian Federation.
 
John Sullivan currently serves as Deputy Secretary of State, a position he has held since May 2017. He also served in April 2018 as Acting Secretary of State. Earlier in his career, Deputy Secretary Sullivan served as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and held senior positions at the Departments of Justice, Defense, and Commerce, advising the Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Commerce, and the Counsel to the President on legal and policy issues. Deputy Secretary Sullivan has also had two decades of experience in private law practice, including as a partner in Mayer Brown LLP, where he was co-chair of the firm’s national security practice. He served as a law clerk for Associate Justice David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Deputy Secretary Sullivan received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Teaching Fellow, and Book Reviews Editor of the Columbia Law Review.
 
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Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individual to a key position in his Administration:

Steven Witkoff of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
 
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EXECUTIVE ORDER

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PROMOTING THE RULE OF LAW THROUGH TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRNESS IN CIVIL ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT AND ADJUDICATION


 
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
 
    Section 1 Policy.  The rule of law requires transparency.  Regulated parties must know in advance the rules by which the Federal Government will judge their actions.  The Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 551 et seq., was enacted to provide that "administrative policies affecting individual rights and obligations be promulgated pursuant to certain stated procedures so as to avoid the inherently arbitrary nature of unpublished ad hoc determinations."  Morton v. Ruiz, 415 U.S. 199, 232 (1974). The Freedom of Information Act, America's landmark transparency law, amended the APA to further advance this goal.  The Freedom of Information Act, as amended, now generally requires that agencies publish in the Federal Register their substantive rules of general applicability, statements of general policy, and interpretations of law that are generally applicable and both formulated and adopted by the agency (5 U.S.C. 552(a)(1)(D)).  The Freedom of Information Act also generally prohibits an agency from adversely affecting a person with a rule or policy that is not so published, except to the extent that the person has actual and timely notice of the terms of the rule or policy (5 U.S.C. 552(a)(1)).  

    Unfortunately, departments and agencies (agencies) in the executive branch have not always complied with these requirements. In addition, some agency practices with respect to enforcement actions and adjudications undermine the APA's goals of promoting accountability and ensuring fairness.  

    Agencies shall act transparently and fairly with respect to all affected parties, as outlined in this order, when engaged in civil administrative enforcement or adjudication.  No person should be subjected to a civil administrative enforcement action or adjudication absent prior public notice of both the enforcing agency's jurisdiction over particular conduct and the legal standards applicable to that conduct.  Moreover, the Federal Government should, where feasible, foster greater private-sector cooperation in enforcement, promote information sharing with the private sector, and establish predictable outcomes for private conduct.  Agencies shall afford regulated parties the safeguards described in this order, above and beyond those that the courts have interpreted the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution to impose.  

    Sec. 2 Definitions For the purposes of this order:  

    (a)  "Agency" has the meaning given to "Executive agency" in section 105 of title 5, United States Code, but excludes the Government Accountability Office. 

    (b)  "Collection of information" includes any conduct that would qualify as a "collection of information" as defined in section 3502(3)(A) of title 44, United States Code, or section 1320.3(c) of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, and also includes any request for information, regardless of the number of persons to whom it is addressed, that is:

        (i)   addressed to all or a substantial majority of an industry; or 

        (ii)  designed to obtain information from a representative sample of individual persons in an industry.

    (c)  "Guidance document" means an agency statement of general applicability, intended to have future effect on the behavior of regulated parties, that sets forth a policy on a statutory, regulatory, or technical issue, or an interpretation of a statute or regulation, but does not include the following:  

        (i)    rules promulgated pursuant to notice and comment under section 553 of title 5, United States Code, or similar statutory provisions; 

        (ii)   rules exempt from rulemaking requirements under section 553(a) of title 5, United States Code; 

        (iii)  rules of agency organization, procedure, or practice; 

        (iv)   decisions of agency adjudications under section 554 of title 5, United States Code, or similar statutory provisions;  

        (v)    internal guidance directed to the issuing agency or other agencies that is not intended to have substantial future effect on the behavior of regulated parties; or

        (vi)   internal executive branch legal advice or legal opinions addressed to executive branch officials.

    (d)  "Legal consequence" means the result of an action that directly or indirectly affects substantive legal rights or obligations.  The meaning of this term should be informed by the Supreme Court's discussion in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., 136 S. Ct. 1807, 1813–16 (2016), and includes, for example, agency orders specifying which commodities are subject to or exempt from regulation under a statute, Frozen Food Express v. United States, 351 U.S. 40, 44–45 (1956), as well as agency letters or orders establishing greater liability for regulated parties in a subsequent enforcement action, Rhea Lana, Inc. v. Dep't of Labor, 824 F.3d 1023, 1030 (D.C. Cir. 2016).  In particular, "legal consequence" includes subjecting a regulated party to potential liability.

    (e)  "Unfair surprise" means a lack of reasonable certainty or fair warning of what a legal standard administered by an agency requires.  The meaning of this term should be informed by the examples of lack of fair notice discussed by the Supreme Court in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 567 U.S. 142, 156 & n.15 (2012).

    (f)  "Pre-enforcement ruling" means a formal written communication from an agency in response to an inquiry from a person concerning compliance with legal requirements that interprets the law or applies the law to a specific set of facts supplied by the person.  The term includes informal guidance under section 213 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, Public Law 104-121 (Title II), as amended (SBREFA), letter rulings, advisory opinions, and no action letters.

    (g)  "Regulation" means a legislative rule promulgated pursuant to section 553 of title 5, United States Code, or similar statutory provisions.

    
      Sec. 3 Proper Reliance on Guidance Documents.  Guidance documents may not be used to impose new standards of conduct on persons outside the executive branch except as expressly authorized by law or as expressly incorporated into a contract.  When an agency takes an administrative enforcement action, engages in adjudication, or otherwise makes a determination that has legal consequence for a person, it must establish a violation of law by applying statutes or regulations.  The agency may not treat noncompliance with a standard of conduct announced solely in a guidance document as itself a violation of applicable statutes or regulations.  When an agency uses a guidance document to state the legal applicability of a statute or regulation, that document can do no more, with respect to prohibition of conduct, than articulate the agency's understanding of how a statute or regulation applies to particular circumstances.  An agency may cite a guidance document to convey that understanding in an administrative enforcement action or adjudication only if it has notified the public of such document in advance through publication, either in full or by citation if publicly available, in the Federal Register (or on the portion of the agency's website that contains a single, searchable, indexed database of all guidance documents in effect).

      Sec. 4 Fairness and Notice in Administrative Enforcement Actions and Adjudications.
  When an agency takes an administrative enforcement action, engages in adjudication, or otherwise makes a determination that has legal consequence for a person, it may apply only standards of conduct that have been publicly stated in a manner that would not cause unfair surprise.  An agency must avoid unfair surprise not only when it imposes penalties but also whenever it adjudges past conduct to have violated the law.  

    
      Sec. 5 Fairness and Notice in Jurisdictional Determinations.  Any decision in an agency adjudication, administrative order, or agency document on which an agency relies to assert a new or expanded claim of jurisdiction -- such as a claim to regulate a new subject matter or an explanation of a new basis for liability -- must be published, either in full or by citation if publicly available, in the Federal Register (or on the portion of the agency's website that contains a single, searchable, indexed database of all guidance documents in effect) before the conduct over which jurisdiction is sought occurs.  If an agency intends to rely on a document arising out of litigation (other than a published opinion of an adjudicator), such as a brief, a consent decree, or a settlement agreement, to establish jurisdiction in future administrative enforcement actions or adjudications involving persons who were not parties to the litigation, it must publish that document, either in full or by citation if publicly available, in the Federal Register (or on the portion of the agency's website that contains a single, searchable, indexed database of all guidance documents in effect) and provide an explanation of its jurisdictional implications.  An agency may not seek judicial deference to its interpretation of a document arising out of litigation (other than a published opinion of an adjudicator) in order to establish a new or expanded claim or jurisdiction unless it has published the document or a notice of availability in the Federal Register (or on the portion of the agency's website that contains a single, searchable, indexed database of all guidance documents in effect). 

    Sec. 6 Opportunity to Contest Agency Determination
 (a)  Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, before an agency takes any action with respect to a particular person that has legal consequence for that person, including by issuing to such a person a no-action letter, notice of noncompliance, or other similar notice, the agency must afford that person an opportunity to be heard, in person or in writing, regarding the agency's proposed legal and factual determinations.  The agency must respond in writing and articulate the basis for its action.

    (b)  Subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to settlement negotiations between agencies and regulated parties, to notices of a prospective legal action, or to litigation before courts.

    (c)  An agency may proceed without regard to subsection (a) of this section where necessary because of a serious threat to health, safety, or other emergency or where a statute specifically authorizes proceeding without a prior opportunity to be heard.  Where an agency proceeds under this subsection, it nevertheless must afford any person an opportunity to be heard, in person or in writing, regarding the agency's legal determinations and respond in writing as soon as practicable.

    Sec. 7 Ensuring Reasonable Administrative Inspections. Within 120 days of the date of this order, each agency that conducts civil administrative inspections shall publish a rule of agency procedure governing such inspections, if such a rule does not already exist.  Once published, an agency must conduct inspections of regulated parties in compliance with the rule.

    Sec. 8 Appropriate Procedures for Information Collections. (a)  Any agency seeking to collect information from a person about the compliance of that person or of any other person with legal requirements must ensure that such collections of information comply with the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, section 3512 of title 44, United States Code, and section 1320.6(a) of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, applicable to collections of information (other than those excepted under section 3518 of title 44, United States Code). 

    (b)  To advance the purposes of subsection (a) of this section, any collection of information during the conduct of an investigation (other than those investigations excepted under section 3518 of title 44, United States Code, and section 1320.4 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, or civil investigative demands under 18 U.S.C. 1968) must either: 

        (i)   display a valid control number assigned by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; or 

        (ii)  inform the recipient through prominently displayed plain language that no response is legally required.

    Sec. 9 Cooperative Information Sharing and Enforcement.
  (a)  Within 270 days of the date of this order, each agency, as appropriate, shall, to the extent practicable and permitted by law, propose procedures: 

        (i)    to encourage voluntary self-reporting of regulatory violations by regulated parties in exchange for reductions or waivers of civil penalties;

        (ii)   to encourage voluntary information sharing by regulated parties; and 

        (iii)  to provide pre-enforcement rulings to regulated parties.  

    (b)  Any agency that believes additional procedures are not practicable -- because, for example, the agency believes it already has adequate procedures in place or because it believes it lacks the resources to institute additional procedures -- shall, within 270 days of the date of this order, submit a report to the President describing, as appropriate, its existing procedures, its need for more resources, or any other basis for its conclusion.

    Sec10.  SBREFA Compliance
 Within 180 days of the date of this order, each agency shall submit a report to the President demonstrating that its civil administrative enforcement activities, investigations, and other actions comply with SBREFA, including section 223 of that Act.  A copy of this report, subject to redactions for any applicable privileges, shall be posted on the agency's website.

    Sec11.  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 of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (b)  This order shall be implemented in a manner 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.

    (d)  Notwithstanding any other provision in this order, nothing in this order shall apply:

        (i)    to any action that pertains to foreign or military affairs, or to a national security or homeland security function of the United States (other than procurement actions and actions involving the import or export of non-defense articles and services); 

        (ii)   to any action related to a criminal investigation or prosecution, including undercover operations, or any civil enforcement action or related investigation by the Department of Justice, including any action related to a civil investigative demand under 18 U.S.C. 1968;

        (iii)  to any action related to detention, seizure, or destruction of counterfeit goods, pirated goods, or other goods that infringe intellectual property rights; 

        (iv)   to any investigation of misconduct by an agency employee or any disciplinary, corrective, or employment action taken against an agency employee; or 

        (v)    in any other circumstance or proceeding to which application of this order, or any part of this order, would, in the judgment of the head of the agency, undermine the national security.
 

                        DONALD J. TRUMP

 
THE WHITE HOUSE,
    October 9, 2019.
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EXECUTIVE ORDER

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PROMOTING THE RULE OF LAW THROUGH IMPROVED AGENCY GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS

 
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure that Americans are subject to only those binding rules imposed through duly enacted statutes or through regulations lawfully promulgated under them, and that Americans have fair notice of their obligations, it is hereby ordered as follows:  

    Section 1 Policy.
  Departments and agencies (agencies) in the executive branch adopt regulations that impose legally binding requirements on the public even though, in our constitutional democracy, only Congress is vested with the legislative power.  The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) generally requires agencies, in exercising that solemn responsibility, to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking to provide public notice of proposed regulations under section 553 of title 5, United States Code, allow interested parties an opportunity to comment, consider and respond to significant comments, and publish final regulations in the Federal Register.

    Agencies may clarify existing obligations through non binding guidance documents, which the APA exempts from notice-and-comment requirements.  Yet agencies have sometimes used this authority inappropriately in attempts to regulate the public without following the rulemaking procedures of the APA.  Even when accompanied by a disclaimer that it is non-binding, a guidance document issued by an agency may carry the implicit threat of enforcement action if the regulated public does not comply.  Moreover, the public frequently has insufficient notice of guidance documents, which are not always published in the Federal Register or distributed to all regulated parties.

    Americans deserve an open and fair regulatory process that imposes new obligations on the public only when consistent with applicable law and after an agency follows appropriate procedures.  Therefore, it is the policy of the executive branch, to the extent consistent with applicable law, to require that agencies treat guidance documents as non-binding both in law and in practice, except as incorporated into a contract, take public input into account when appropriate in formulating guidance documents, and make guidance documents readily available to the public.  Agencies may impose legally binding requirements on the public only through regulations and on parties on a case-by-case basis through adjudications, and only after appropriate process, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract.

    Sec. 2 Definitions.
  For the purposes of this order:  

    (a)  "Agency" has the meaning given in section 3(b) of Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review), as amended. 

    (b)  "Guidance document" means an agency statement of general applicability, intended to have future effect on the behavior of regulated parties, that sets forth a policy on a statutory, regulatory, or technical issue, or an interpretation of a statute or regulation, but does not include the following:  

        (i)    rules promulgated pursuant to notice and comment under section 553 of title 5, United States Code, or similar statutory provisions; 

        (ii)   rules exempt from rulemaking requirements under section 553(a) of title 5, United States Code; 

        (iii)  rules of agency organization, procedure, or practice; 

        (iv)   decisions of agency adjudications under section 554 of title 5, United States Code, or similar statutory provisions;

        (v)    internal guidance directed to the issuing agency or other agencies that is not intended to have substantial future effect on the behavior of regulated parties; or

        (vi)   internal executive branch legal advice or legal opinions addressed to executive branch officials.

    (c)  "Significant guidance document" means a guidance document that may reasonably be anticipated to:  

        (i)    lead to an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities;

        (ii)   create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency;

        (iii)  materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or

        (iv)   raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles of Executive Order 12866.

    (d)  "Pre-enforcement ruling" means a formal written communication by an agency in response to an inquiry from a person concerning compliance with legal requirements that interprets the law or applies the law to a specific set of facts supplied by the person.  The term includes informal guidance under section 213 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, Public Law 104-121 (Title II), as amended, letter rulings, advisory opinions, and no-action letters.

    Sec. 3 Ensuring Transparent Use of Guidance Documents.
  (a) Within 120 days of the date on which the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issues an implementing memorandum under section 6 of this order, each agency or agency component, as appropriate, shall establish or maintain on its website a single, searchable, indexed database that contains or links to all guidance documents in effect from such agency or component.  The website shall note that guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract.

    (b)  Within 120 days of the date on which OMB issues an implementing memorandum under section 6 of this order, each agency shall review its guidance documents and, consistent with applicable law, rescind those guidance documents that it determines should no longer be in effect.  No agency shall retain in effect any guidance document without including it in the relevant database referred to in subsection (a) of this section, nor shall any agency, in the future, issue a guidance document without including it in the relevant database.  No agency may cite, use, or rely on guidance documents that are rescinded, except to establish historical facts.  Within 240 days of the date on which OMB issues an implementing memorandum, an agency may reinstate a guidance document rescinded under this subsection without complying with any procedures adopted or imposed pursuant to section 4 of this order, to the extent consistent with applicable law, and shall include the guidance document in the relevant database.

    (c)  The Director of OMB (Director), or the Director's designee, may waive compliance with subsections (a) and (b) of this section for particular guidance documents or categories of guidance documents, or extend the deadlines set forth in those subsections.

    (d)  As requested by the Director, within 240 days of the date on which OMB issues an implementing memorandum under section 6 of this order, an agency head shall submit a report to the Director with the reasons for maintaining in effect any guidance documents identified by the Director.  The Director shall provide such reports to the President.  This subsection shall apply only to guidance documents existing as of the date of this order. 

    Sec. 4 Promulgation of Procedures for Issuing Guidance Documents.  (a)  Within 300 days of the date on which OMB issues an implementing memorandum under section 6 of this order, each agency shall, consistent with applicable law, finalize regulations, or amend existing regulations as necessary, to set forth processes and procedures for issuing guidance documents.  The process set forth in each regulation shall be consistent with this order and shall include:  

        (i)    a requirement that each guidance document clearly state that it does not bind the public, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract;

        (ii)   procedures for the public to petition for withdrawal or modification of a particular guidance document, including a designation of the officials to which petitions should be directed; and

        (iii)  for a significant guidance document, as determined by the Administrator of OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (Administrator), unless the agency and the Administrator agree that exigency, safety, health, or other compelling cause warrants an exemption from some or all requirements, provisions requiring:  

            (A)  a period of public notice and comment of at least 30 days before issuance of a final guidance document, and a public response from the agency to major concerns raised in comments, except when the agency for good cause finds (and incorporates such finding and a brief statement of reasons therefor into the guidance document) that notice and public comment thereon are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest;

            (B)  approval on a non-delegable basis by the agency head or by an agency component head appointed by the President, before issuance; 

            (C)  review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) under Executive Order 12866, before issuance; and

            (D)  compliance with the applicable requirements for regulations or rules, including significant regulatory actions, set forth in Executive Orders 12866, 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review), 13609 (Promoting International Regulatory Cooperation), 13771 (Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs), and 13777 (Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda).

    (b)  The Administrator shall issue memoranda establishing exceptions from this order for categories of guidance documents, and categorical presumptions regarding whether guidance documents are significant, as appropriate, and may require submission of significant guidance documents to OIRA for review before the finalization of agency regulations under subsection (a) of this section.  In light of the Memorandum of Agreement of April 11, 2018, this section and section 5 of this order shall not apply to the review relationship (including significance determinations) between OIRA and any component of the Department of the Treasury, or to compliance by the latter with Executive Orders 12866, 13563, 13609, 13771, and 13777.  Section 4(a)(iii) and section 5 of this order shall not apply to pre-enforcement rulings.

    Sec. 5 Executive Orders 12866, 13563, and 13609.
  The requirements and procedures of Executive Orders 12866, 13563, and 13609 shall apply to guidance documents, consistent with section 4 of this order.  

    Sec. 6 Implementation.
  The Director shall issue memoranda and, as appropriate, regulations pursuant to sections 3504(d)(1) and 3516 of title 44, United States Code, and other appropriate authority, to provide guidance regarding or otherwise implement this order. 

    Sec. 7 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 of the Office of Management and Budget 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.

    (d)  Notwithstanding any other provision in this order, nothing in this order shall apply:  

        (i)    to any action that pertains to foreign or military affairs, or to a national security or homeland security function of the United States (other than guidance documents involving procurement or the import or export of non-defense articles and services);

        (ii)   to any action related to a criminal investigation or prosecution, including undercover operations, or any civil enforcement action or related investigation by the Department of Justice, including any action related to a civil investigative demand under 18 U.S.C. 1968;

        (iii)  to any investigation of misconduct by an agency employee or any disciplinary, corrective, or employment action taken against an agency employee; 

        (iv)   to any document or information that is exempt from disclosure under section 552(b) of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Freedom of Information Act); or

        (v)    in any other circumstance or proceeding to which application of this order, or any part of this order, would, in the judgment of the head of the agency, undermine the national security.


                        DONALD J. TRUMP

 
THE WHITE HOUSE,
    October 9, 2019.
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Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts
 
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:
 
Amanda Wood Laihow, of Maine, to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for the remainder of a six-year term expiring April 27, 2023.
 
Amanda Wood Laihow currently serves as the Chief Counsel to Chairman James J. Sullivan, Jr. at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.  In this role, she is the primary legal advisor to the Chairman, giving critical, independent, and innovative legal advice on all pending matters.  Previously, Ms. Laihow was the Director of Labor and Employment Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers, where she advocated for significant labor issues pertaining to employee health and safety under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and workforce issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and anti-discrimination laws.  Before joining the private sector, Ms. Laihow served as Deputy General Counsel for the United States Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and served as Assistant General Counsel at the General Services Administration.  A Maine native, Ms. Laihow earned her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two daughters.
 
Almo J. Carter, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the United States Parole Commission for a term of six years.
 
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Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Commission on Presidential Scholars:
 
George Mentz of Colorado
Somers White Farkas of Virginia
Janet Richmond Whichard of California
Jeanne J. Smoot of North Carolina
Guido M. Pichini of Pennsylvania
Marc Andersen of Virginia
Rose C. LaVerghetta of New York
Dean Reuter of Virginia
Joseph C. Stewart, Jr. of Missouri
 
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships:
 
Ryan E. Mackenzie of Pennsylvania
John DeStefano of Missouri
Barrett Karr of Texas
 
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Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump appointed the following individual to a key position in his Administration:
 
Kirstjen Nielsen of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

 
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Office of the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees

 
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate:
 
Barbara Lagoa of Florida, to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 
 
Barbara Lagoa currently serves as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Florida. Prior to her appointment by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019, Justice Lagoa was a District Judge on the Florida Third District Court of Appeal. Before taking the bench in 2006, Justice Lagoa was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and spent 11 years in private practice in Miami, Florida.  Justice Lagoa also served as the Chair of the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee from 2015 to 2016.  Justice Lagoa earned her B.A., cum laude, from Florida International University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she served as Associate Editor of the Columbia Law Review.
 
Robert J. Luck of Florida, to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
 
Robert Luck currently serves as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Florida. Prior to his appointment by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019, Justice Luck was a District Judge on the Florida Third District Court of Appeal and a Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Before taking the bench in 2013, Justice Luck was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. Justice Luck also served as an Adjunct Professor at Alabama State University from 2007 to 2008, where he taught an undergraduate class in business law. Upon graduation from law school, Justice Luck served as a law clerk to Judge Ed Carnes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, to whom he also later served as a Staff Attorney. Justice Luck earned his B.A., with highest honors, from the University of Florida and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Law Review
 
Sherri A. Lydon of South Carolina, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
 
Sherri Lydon is the United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, where she serves as the chief Federal law enforcement officer for the District of South Carolina. Prior to becoming United States Attorney in 2018, Ms. Lydon operated the Law Office of Sherri A. Lydon and focused her practice on white-collar criminal defense work. Ms. Lydon previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina. Ms. Lydon was also appointed to the South Carolina Ethics Commission in 2014, serving as its Vice Chair until 2017. Ms. Lydon earned her B.A. from Clemson University and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
 
Scott H. Rash of Arizona, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
 
Scott Rash currently serves as a Judge on the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County, where he is the Presiding Family Law Judge.  Judge Rash has also overseen civil and criminal dockets. Before taking the bench in 2010, Judge Rash was a shareholder at Gabroy, Rollman, & Bossé, P.C. in Tucson, Arizona, where his practice focused on civil litigation matters. Earlier in his career, Judge Rash served as an Assistant Attorney General of Criminal Prosecution in the Office of the Arizona Attorney General. Judge Rash earned his B.S.B.A., with highest honors, from the University of Arizona and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Arizona College of Law. 
 
Todd Wallace Robinson, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
 
Todd Robinson is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, where he serves as Senior Litigation Counsel in the Criminal Division. Prior to becoming Senior Litigation Counsel in 2005, he had served in various other roles in the United States Attorney’s office since 1998. Mr. Robinson earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.

 


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Office of the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees
and United States Marshal Nominee

 

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate:
 
Danielle J. Hunsaker of Oregon, to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 
 
Danielle Hunsaker currently serves as the Presiding Judge on the Washington County Circuit Court of Oregon. Before taking the bench in 2017, Judge Hunsaker was a partner at Larkins Vacura Kayser LLP in Portland, Oregon, where her practice focused on civil and appellate litigation in both State and Federal court. Judge Hunsaker also served as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School from 2011 to 2016, where she taught Advanced Civil Procedure. Upon graduation from law school, Judge Hunsaker served as a law clerk to Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and Judge Michael W. Mosman of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.  She later clerked for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Hunsaker earned her B.S., cum laude, from the University of Idaho and her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Idaho College of Law, where she served as Lead Articles Editor on the Idaho Law Review.
 
William J. Nardini of Connecticut, to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
 
William Nardini is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, where he serves as Chief of the Criminal Division. Mr. Nardini currently serves on the Criminal Chiefs Working Group of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee in the Department of Justice and the Advisory Committee for Local Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Nardini served as the Department of Justice Attaché at the United States Embassy in Rome, Italy. Mr. Nardini was also a Fulbright Scholar in Italy in 1998. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Nardini served as a law clerk to Judge Jose A. Cabranes and Judge Guido Calabresi, both of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Nardini earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Georgetown University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal
 
Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha of California, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
 
Fernando Aenlle-Rocha currently serves as a Judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court of California. Before taking the bench in 2017, Judge Aenlle-Rocha was a partner at White & Case LLP in Los Angeles, where his practice focused on business litigation, white-collar defense, and business crimes investigation. Before joining White & Case, Judge Aenlle-Rocha was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP and an Associate at Stephan, Oringher, Richman & Theodora. Before entering private practice, Judge Aenlle-Rocha served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Judge Aenlle-Rocha received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
 
Adam L. Braverman of California, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. 
 
Adam Braverman is Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice.  Mr. Braverman previously served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, including as the United States Attorney and as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Enterprise section. Before entering government service, Mr. Braverman was in private practice at Goodwin Procter LLP, where his practice focused on civil litigation, white-collar defense, and internal investigations. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Braverman served as a law clerk to Judge Consuelo M. Callahan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Reggie B. Walton of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Braverman received his B.A., cum laude, from George Washington University and his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
 
Silvia Carreno-Coll of Puerto Rico, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
 
Silvia Carreno-Coll currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Before taking the bench in 2011, Judge Carreno-Coll served as Associate Regional Counsel for Caribbean Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico. Judge Carreno-Coll teaches a Federal Practice seminar at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and is a member of the Federal Bar District Examination Committee. Judge Carreno-Coll earned her B.A., cum laude, from Emerson College and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.
 
John M. Gallagher of Pennsylvania, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  
 
John Gallagher is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he is the Chief of the Allentown Branch. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Gallagher held leadership positions in both the Miami and Philadelphia Police Departments and also served as a New York City Police Officer from 1989 to 1994. Mr. Gallagher was also a White House Fellow in the Department of Justice from 2000 to 2001, serving as Counsel to Attorneys General Janet Reno and John Ashcroft. Mr. Gallagher earned his B.S. from Long Island University and his J.D. from New York Law School.
 
Barbara Bailey Jongbloed of Connecticut, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
 
Barbara Jongbloed currently serves as a Judge on the New London District Superior Court for the State of Connecticut. Before taking the bench in 2000, Judge Jongbloed served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut. Upon graduation from law school, Judge Jongbloed served as a law clerk to Chief Judge T.F. Gilroy Daly of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Judge Jongbloed earned her B.A., cum laude, from Lawrence University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
 
Sandy Nunes Leal of California, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 
Sandy Leal currently serves as a Judge on the Orange County Superior Court for the State of California. Before taking the bench in 2018, Judge Leal was a Deputy Chief in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where she served as an Assistant United States Attorney since 2004. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Judge Leal was an Assistant District Counsel in the Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service, where she was in the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Judge Leal earned her B.A. from the University of Washington and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. 
 
Shireen Matthews of California, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
 
Shireen Matthews is a partner at Jones Day in San Diego, California. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Matthews served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. Before entering government service, Ms. Matthews was an associate with Latham & Watkins LLP in San Diego. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Matthews served as a law clerk for Judge Irma E. Gonzalez of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Ms. Matthews earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and her J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law.
 
Rick Richmond of California, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
 
Rick Richmond is a partner at Jenner & Block. He is the founding and managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Richmond was a partner with Kirkland and Ellis for 17 years. Before entering private practice, Mr. Richmond served on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Richmond served as a law clerk for Judge Harlington Wood, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Richmond earned his B.S., cum laude, from Brigham Young University and his J.D., cum laude, from George Washington University, where he was the Senior Managing Editor of the George Washington Law Review.
 
Daniel Mack Traynor of North Dakota, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. 
 
Daniel Traynor is a shareholder at the Traynor Law Firm in Devils Lake, North Dakota, where his practice focuses on insurance defense, personal injury, and business litigation.  Mr. Traynor is a member of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and former Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the North Dakota Supreme Court.  Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Traynor served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Gerald W. VandeWalle of the North Dakota Supreme Court. Mr. Traynor earned his B.A. from the University of North Dakota and his J.D., with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he served as an Associate Editor on the North Dakota Law Review.
 
Cory T. Wilson of Mississippi, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.
 
Cory Wilson currently serves as a Judge on the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Before taking the bench in February 2019, Judge Wilson served in the Mississippi House of Representatives, from 2016 to 2019.  Prior to his elected service, Judge Wilson served as Senior Advisor and Counsel in the Mississippi State Treasurer’s Office and Deputy Secretary of State in the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. Judge Wilson also served as a White House Fellow in the Department of Defense as a Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld from 2005 to 2006. Upon graduation from law school, Judge Wilson served as a law clerk to Judge Emmett Ripley Cox of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Judge Wilson earned his B.B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served on the Yale Law Journal.
 
Grant C. Jaquith of New York, to serve as Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
 
Grant Jaquith is the United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, where he serves as the chief Federal law enforcement officer for the Northern District of New York. Prior to becoming United States Attorney in 2017, Mr. Jaquith served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York, including as First Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division, Narcotics Chief, and Chief of the Albany Office. From 1982 to 2011, Mr. Jaquith also served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army in several roles, including as Staff Judge Advocate, Circuit Judge, and Chief of Military Law, rising to the rank of Colonel. Mr. Jaquith earned his B.S., cum laude, from Presbyterian College and his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.
 
Scott J. Laurer of Virginia, to serve as Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
 
Scott Laurer is a Deputy Legal Advisor at the National Security Council. Before joining the National Security Council, Mr. Laurer served in the United States Navy as Special Counsel to the Chief of Naval Operations and as a Commanding Officer in the United States Region Legal Service Office for Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. Mr. Laurer earned his B.A. from Rutgers University, his J.D. from Temple University Law School, and his LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School.
 
Robert A. Dixon of Washington D.C., to serve as United States Marshal for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. 
 
Robert Dixon was most recently the Director of Investigations for the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General, retiring in 2016.  Mr. Dixon began his career with the Department of Labor in 1980 and has served in law enforcement for more than 30 years. Mr. Dixon received his B.A. from Morehouse College.
 

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Office of the Press Secretary

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
AND PRIME MINISTER ABE OF JAPAN
AFTER MEETING ON TRADE
 
Centre de Congrès Bellevue
Biarritz, France
 
 

3:14 P.M. CEST
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  So, thank you very much.  We've been working on a deal with Japan for a long time.  It involves agricultural and it involves e-commerce and many other things.  It's a very big transaction, and we've agreed in principle.  It's billions and billions of dollars.  Tremendous for the farmers. 
 
     And one of the things that Prime Minister Abe has also agreed to is we have excess corn in various parts of our country, with our farmers, because China did not do what they said they were going to do.  And Prime Minister Abe, on behalf of Japan, they're going to be buying all of that corn.  And that's a very big transaction.  They're going to be buying it from our farmers.
 
     So the deal is done in principle.  We probably will be signing it around UNGA.  It will be around the date of UNGA, which we all look forward to.  And we're very far down the line.  We've agreed to every point, and now we're papering it and we'll be signing it at a formal ceremony. 
 
     And I just want to thank Prime Minister Abe and the Japanese people.  You've been a fantastic friend, and we very much appreciate it.  This is a tremendous deal for the United States.  It's a, really, tremendous deal for our farmers and agricultural ranchers, and also involves other things, including, as I said, e-commerce.  
 
     So, it's very big and we look forward to it.  And thank you very much.
 
     PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  With regard to the Japan-U.S. trade agreement, a series of intensive negotiations have been conducted between Minister Motegi and Ambassador Lighthizer in line with the Japan-U.S. joint statements on September 26 of last year. 
 
     And by now, how we successfully reached consensus with regard to the core elements of both the agricultural and industrial products of our bilateral consultations on August the 23rd.  And I certainly welcome this development.
 
     And now, as Mr. President pointed out, next month, at the end of September, both of us are going to attend the U.N. General Assembly.  And, on that occasion, I do think that we'll have the bilateral summit meeting.  So we certainly have -- we would like to set the goal of signing this Japan-U.S. trade agreement, seizing that opportunity.
 
     We still have some remaining work that has to be done at the working level, namely finalizing the wording of the trade agreement and also finalizing the content of the agreement itself.  But we would like to make sure that our teams would accelerate the remaining work for us to achieve this goal of realizing the signing of the agreement on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly at the end of September.
 
     And I'm very happy that both of our teams have been working on the specific issue in a win-win manner, bringing both the benefits to Japan and the United States.  And if we are to see the entry into force of this trade agreement, I'm quite sure that there will be the immense positive impact on both the Japanese as well as American economies.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Perhaps you may want to discuss the additional purchase of all of that corn, because we have a tremendous amount right now.  And we've been working with the farmers and making very, very large payments for the unfair way they were treated by China. 
 
     And the farmers are very happy.  They like -- they like their President.  They're very happy.  But I think it's even better, and I think they're even happier, when they hear you're actually buying their products.
 
     So perhaps you could say a couple of words just about the hundreds of millions of dollars of corn -- existing corn -- that's there, that you'll be buying.
 
     PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  So with regard to the potential purchase of American corn, in Japan we are now experiencing inspect pest on some of the agricultural products.  And there is a need for us to buy certain amount of agricultural products.  And this will be done by the Japanese private sector.  That means that Japanese corporations will need to buy additional agricultural products.
 
     And we believe that there is a need for us to implement emergency support measures for the Japanese private sector to have the early purchase of the American corn.
 
     Of course, there is something that is already a shared understanding between -- by the Japanese public, Japanese private sector, as well.  So that's why, against such backdrop, I do think that there is a possibility for us to cooperate to address this issue.
 
     And with regard to further details, I would like to continue discussing with you, Mr. President. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And the Japanese private sector listens to the Japanese public sector very strongly.  I'm not sure.  It's a little different than it is in our country perhaps.  But they are -- they have great respect for the public sector.  So when I hear the private sector has agreed to this, we’re very happy about that. 
 
     And I’d just like to ask, perhaps, Bob, and your counterpart, if you’d like to say a few words.
 
     AMBASSADOR LIGHTHIZER:  Great.  Thank you, Mr. President and Prime Minister, and Minister Motegi. 
 
     Well, first of all, what we have is an agreement on core principles.  It has three parts: agriculture, industrial tariffs, and digital trade.  And from our point of view, it is extremely important to our farmers and ranchers and those people who work in the digital space.
 
     We’ll get into the details at another time, but generally, Japanese is our third-largest agricultural market.  They import about $14 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products.  And this will open up markets to over $7 billion of those products.  
 
     In the agriculture area, it will be a major benefit for beef, pork, wheat, dairy products, wine, ethanol, and a variety of other products. 
 
     It will lead to substantial reductions in tariffs and non-tariff barriers across the board.  And I’ll just give you one example: Japan is, by far, our biggest beef market.  We sell over $2 billion worth of beef to Japan.  And this allow us to do with lower tariffs and to compete more effectively with people across the board, particularly the TPP countries and Europe.
 
     So it’s very good news for our farmers and ranchers, but it’s also good news for those who work in the digital e-commerce space where it is the gold standard of an international agreement.  This is an area that not only has been important to the President but been of particular importance to the Prime Minister.         
 
     So we’re very excited about this agreement.  We look forward to finishing the additional work and having it be implemented as soon as possible in Japan and the United States.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Would you like to say something?
 
     MINISTER MOTEGI:  Thank you very much --  
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.      
 
     MINISTER MOTEGI:  -- Mr. President and Prime Minister Abe. 
 
     (As interpreted.)  As the Prime Minister mentioned, based on the Japan-U.S. joint statement released by the two leaders on the 26th of September last year, myself and Ambassador Lighthizer had a series of ministerial negotiation on the Japan-U.S. trade agreement.
 
     As we all know, the United States is the largest economy in the world, whereas Japan is also ranked third in terms of the total GDP.  And also, among the (inaudible) economies, we are the very first and the second largest economies.  And with this milestone of achievements we now have the full concurrence on various issues covering the agricultural, as well as industrial products, and also the digital and e-commerce.  And the significance of this achievement cannot be over-emphasized.  And I’m very happy to share this important achievement with you. 
 
     And on this occasion, myself and Ambassador Lighthizer had a chance to present what we have agreed at the ministerial level, and we successfully both obtained endorsement from President Trump and also Prime Minister Abe. 
 
     So the key mission for both myself and Ambassador Lighthizer is to complete the remaining work as soon as possible.  Of course, I have my own team, which will focus on completing the remaining work.  And I certainly hope that by working hand-in-hand between myself and Ambassador Lighthizer, and also between the Japanese and American teams, we will like to complete the remaining work as soon as possible.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  I appreciate it. 
 
     Q    Mr. President?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yes.  Go ahead.
 
     Q    Will the auto tariffs remain in place?  The U.S. tariffs on autos.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Are you talking about with regard to China?
 
     Q    Yeah.  With regard to Japan.
 
     AMBASSADOR LIGHTHIZER:  Well, there are a series -- pardon me.  There are a series of industrial tariffs that are being reduced.  Auto tariffs are not in that group.
 
     Q    So they remain?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  It depends.  Are you talking about Japan or are you talking China?  China is a very different situation.
 
     Q    Well, I’d love to hear your answer to both. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I can tell you -- I mean, on China, they remain.  On Japan, they stay the same.  They're staying the same.
 
     This is a massive purchase of wheat also, in addition to everything else.  This is a very large purchase of wheat, and the very, very large order of corn will go quickly.  But importantly, it’s something that wasn’t in the agreement that we may not even -- we may do that as a supplementary agreement.  But we appreciate that very much.  We just agreed to that on the other idea of the door. 
 
So I just appreciate that very much.  And we’ll do a great job.  And the farmers are very thankful.  Thank you very much. 
 
     Q    Mr. President, on a separate issue, there are reports that the Iranian Foreign Minister is coming to Biarritz.  Can you confirm that?  Or do you plan to meet with him?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  No comment. 
 
     Okay?  Thank you very much, everybody. 

 
                              END                3:34 P.M. CEST

 






Office of the Press Secretary

August 21, 2019
 
 

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
               THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
 
SUBJECT:       Discharging the Federal Student Loan Debt of Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans
 
 
Since our Founding, the United States has been blessed with men and women willing to serve in defense of our Nation and our ideals.  Many of those answering the call to serve make the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and many others carry physical and emotional scars for the rest of their lives.
 
The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act in 2008 and other acts (Higher Education Act), honors veterans who are totally and permanently disabled as a result of their service to the Nation by providing for the discharge of their Federal student loan debt.  Borrowers who have been determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to be unemployable due to a service-connected condition and who provide documentation of that determination to the Secretary of Education are entitled to the discharge of such debt. 
 
For the last decade, veterans seeking loan discharges have been required to submit an application to the Secretary of Education with proof of their disabilities obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The process has been overly complicated and difficult, and prevented too many of our veterans from receiving the relief for which they are eligible.  This has inflicted significant hardship and serious harm on these veterans and has frustrated the intent of the Congress that their Federal student loan debt be discharged.  
 
Only half of the approximately 50,000 totally and permanently disabled veterans who currently qualify for the discharge of their Federal student loan debt have availed themselves of the benefits provided to them by the Higher Education Act.  This has created a serious and critical problem for disabled veterans, who must deal with the day-to-day consequences of their service-connected injuries, and for our military, as readiness and recruitment suffer when we do not take care of our veterans.  There is a pressing need to quickly and effectively resolve this problem.  Therefore, my Administration will take prompt action to ensure that all totally and permanently disabled veterans are able to obtain, with minimal burden, the Federal student loan debt discharges to which they are legally entitled. 
 
Accordingly, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to express the gratitude of our Nation for the service of our totally and permanently disabled veterans, I hereby direct the following:
 
     Section 1.  Policy.  It shall be the policy of the Federal Government to facilitate -- in a manner that is quick, efficient, and minimally burdensome -- the discharge of Federal student loan debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans.  
 
     Sec. 2 Directive to the Secretaries of Education and Veterans Affairs.  (a)  The Secretary of Education is hereby directed to develop as soon as practicable a process, consistent with applicable law, to facilitate the swift and effective discharge of the Federal student loan debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans pursuant to section 437 of the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1087; section 455 of the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1087e; and section 464 of the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1087dd.  To the maximum extent feasible and consistent with applicable law, the process developed by the Secretary of Education should account for and make use of disability determinations made available to the Secretary of Education by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
     (b)  The Secretaries of Education and Veterans Affairs (Secretaries) shall take appropriate action to implement the policy set forth in section 1 of this memorandum as expeditiously as possible.  To that end, the Secretaries shall consider all pathways for the Department of Veterans Affairs to share disability determinations with the Department of Education, so that veterans may be relieved of the burdensome administrative impediments to Federal student loan debt discharge.
 
     Sec. 3.  Definitions.  As used in this memorandum:
 
     (a)  the term "Federal student loan debt" means liability to repay Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans, and Federal Perkins Loans.
 
     (b)  the term "discharge" means discharge of FFEL Program loans and Direct Loan Program loans and cancellation of Federal Perkins Loans.
 
     Sec. 4.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this memorandum 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 of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
 
     (b)  This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
 
     (c)  This memorandum 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.
 
     (d)  The Secretary of Education is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
 

 
 
 

                              DONALD J. TRUMP

 
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Office of the Press Secretary

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS ENSURING NON-CITIZENS DO NOT ABUSE OUR NATION’S PUBLIC BENEFITS

 

 “To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient.” – President Donald J. Trump 


PROTECTING PUBLIC RESOURCES: The Trump Administration is taking action to help ensure that non-citizens in this country are self-sufficient and not a strain on public resources.  
  • The Trump Administration is releasing a final rule that will protect American taxpayers, preserve our social safety net for vulnerable Americans, and uphold the rule of law.
  • This action will help ensure that if aliens want to enter or remain in the United States they must support themselves, and not rely on public benefits.   
  • An alien who receives public benefits above a certain threshold is known as a “public charge.”
    • Aliens will be barred from entering the United States if they are found likely to become public charges.
    • Aliens in the United States who are found likely to become public charges will also be barred from adjusting their immigration status.
  • President Trump is enforcing this longstanding law to prevent aliens from depending on public benefit programs.
    • The Immigration and Nationality Act makes clear that those seeking to come to the United States cannot be a public charge.   
  • For many years, this clear legal requirement went largely unenforced, imposing vast burdens on American taxpayers. Now, public charge law will finally be utilized.
ENCOURAGING SELF-SUFFICIENCY: Self-sufficiency has long been a basic principle of our Nation’s immigration laws that has enjoyed widespread support.
  • Public charge has been a part of United States immigration law for more than 100 years as a ground of inadmissibility.  
  • Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed two bipartisan bills in 1996 to help stop aliens from exploiting public benefits. 
    • This included the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.
    • As Congress made clear at the time, it is our national policy that aliens should “not depend on public resources to meet their needs.”
  • Americans widely agree that individuals coming to our country should be self-sufficient, with 73 percent in favor of requiring immigrants to be able to support themselves financially.
PRESERVING THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET: We must ensure that non-citizens do not abuse our public benefit programs and jeopardize the social safety net needed by vulnerable Americans. 
  • Large numbers of non-citizens and their families have taken advantage of our generous public benefits, limited resources that could otherwise go to vulnerable Americans.
  • 78 percent of households headed by a non-citizen with no more than a high school education use at least one welfare program.
  • 58 percent of all households headed by a non-citizen use at least one welfare program.
  • Half of all non-citizen headed households include at least one person who uses Medicaid.
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TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
 
 
August 8, 2019
 
 
Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
 
On April 14, 2019, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) transmitted to me a report on his investigation into the effect of imports of uranium (uranium ore, uranium concentrate, uranium hexafluoride, enriched uranium, and enriched uranium in fuel assemblies) on the national security of the United States under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862) (the "Act").
 
Consistent with the Act (19 U.S.C. 1862(c)(2)), I am reporting that in my memorandum of July 12, 2019 (The Effect of Uranium Imports on the National Security and Establishment of the United States Nuclear Fuel Working Group), I determined not to concur with the Secretary's finding that uranium is being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States.  While I recognized that the Secretary's findings raised concerns regarding the impact of uranium imports on the national security with respect to domestic mining, I found that a fuller analysis of national security considerations with respect to the entire nuclear fuel supply chain is necessary at this time.  Thus, I did not take any action under section 232 of the Act.
 
I agreed with the Secretary, however, that the United States uranium industry faces significant challenges in producing uranium domestically and that this is an issue of national security.  To address the concerns identified by the Secretary regarding domestic uranium production and to ensure a comprehensive review of the entire domestic nuclear supply chain, I directed the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy to establish and co-chair the United States Nuclear Fuel Working Group (Working Group) to develop recommendations for reviving and expanding domestic nuclear fuel production.  The Working Group will examine the current state of domestic nuclear fuel production to reinvigorate the entire nuclear fuel supply chain, consistent with United States national security and nonproliferation goals.  Within 90 days of my memorandum of July 12, 2019, the Working Group will submit a report to the President setting forth its findings and making recommendations to further enable domestic nuclear fuel production if needed.
 
                              Sincerely,
 
 
                              DONALD J. TRUMP
 
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Office of the Press Secretary

August 8, 2019

 
Presidential Determination
No.        2019-22        
       

 
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

SUBJECT:    Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit
            or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for
            Fiscal Year 2020


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby identify the following countries as major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries:  Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.  

A country's presence on the foregoing list is not necessarily a reflection of its government's counternarcotics efforts or level of cooperation with the United States.  Consistent with the statutory definition of a major drug transit or major illicit drug producing country set forth in section 481(e)(2) and (5) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (Public Law 87-195)(FAA), the reason countries are placed on the list is the combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to transit or be produced, even if a government has engaged in robust and diligent narcotics control measures.

Pursuant to section 706(2)(A) of the FRAA, I hereby designate Bolivia and the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela as having failed demonstrably during the previous 12 months to adhere to their obligations under international counternarcotics agreements and to take the measures required by section 489(a)(1) of the FAA.  Included with this determination are justifications for the designations of Bolivia and the Maduro regime, as required by section 706(2)(B) of the FRAA.  I have also determined, in accordance with provisions of section 706(3)(A) of the FRAA, that United States programs that support the legitimate interim government in Venezuela are vital to the national interests of the United States.  

My Administration has devoted unprecedented resources to combating the scourge of illicit drugs in the United States, including by strengthening our country's borders and expanding programs to prevent illicit drug use and aid the recovery and treatment of those who need it.  We are making steady progress to turn the tide of our country's drug epidemic, but more needs to be accomplished.  This includes further efforts beyond our Nation's borders, by governments of countries where dangerous illegal drugs originate.  

In Colombia, President Ivan Duque has made early progress in rolling back the record-high coca cultivation and cocaine production levels inherited from his predecessor and in leading efforts to restart a Colombian-led aerial eradication program.  This progress needs to continue and expand, and my Administration will work with our Colombian partners to reach our joint 5-year goal to reduce coca cultivation and cocaine production by half by the end of 2023.  We will also continue to coordinate closely with Colombia and other like-minded partners in our hemisphere to restore democracy in Venezuela.  With the end of the Maduro dictatorship rife with criminal elements, the United States will have a much better opportunity to work with Venezuela to stem the flow of drugs leaving South America.  

Along our southern border, Mexico needs to do more to stop the flow of deadly drugs entering our country.  We need the Mexican government to intensify its efforts to increase poppy eradication, illicit drug interdiction, prosecutions, and asset seizures, and to develop a comprehensive drug control strategy.  In particular, Mexico's full cooperation is essential to reduce heroin production and confront illicit fentanyl production and every form of drug trafficking, including through United States ports of entry.  Many Mexican military and law enforcement professionals, in cooperation with their United States counterparts, are bravely meeting this challenge and confronting the transnational criminal organizations that threaten both of our countries.  We need to see a sustained and unified commitment from Mexican government officials across military and civilian agencies and working with foreign partners.  Without further progress over the coming year, I will consider determining that Mexico has failed demonstrably to uphold its international drug control commitments.  

You are authorized and directed to submit this designation, with the Bolivia and Venezuela memoranda of justification, under section 706 of the FRAA, to the Congress, and to publish it in the Federal Register. 

 

                        DONALD J. TRUMP

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Office of the Press Secretary

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, the President signed into law:
 
 
H.R. 3253, the "Sustaining Excellence in Medicaid Act of 2019," which extends certain Medicaid demonstration programs and other Medicaid provisions, and adjusts the methodology for calculation of the price paid for drugs and biologics by State Medicaid programs.

 
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Office of the Press Secretary
EXECUTIVE ORDER

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BLOCKING PROPERTY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA

 
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

    I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692 of March 8, 2015 (Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela), as amended, as relied upon for additional steps taken in subsequent Executive Orders, and in light of the continued usurpation of power by Nicolas Maduro and persons affiliated with him, as well as human rights abuses, including arbitrary or unlawful arrest and detention of Venezuelan citizens, interference with freedom of expression, including for members of the media, and ongoing attempts to undermine Interim President Juan Guaido and the Venezuelan National Assembly's exercise of legitimate authority in Venezuela, hereby order:

    Section 1.  (a)  All property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.

    (b)  All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:  any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

            (i)   to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any person included on the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

            (ii)  to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.
    (c)  The prohibitions in subsections (a)-(b) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order.

    Sec. 2.  The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1(b) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is hereby suspended, except when the Secretary of State determines that the person's entry would not be contrary to the interests of the United States, including when the Secretary so determines, based on a recommendation of the Attorney General, that the person's entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives.  In exercising this responsibility, the Secretary of State shall consult the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters related to admissibility or inadmissibility within the authority of the Secretary of Homeland Security.  Such persons shall be treated in the same manner as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).  The Secretary of State shall have the responsibility for implementing this section pursuant to such conditions and procedures as the Secretary has established or may establish pursuant to Proclamation 8693.  

    Sec. 3.  The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include:

    (a)  the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

    (b)  the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

    Sec. 4.  (a)  Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

    (b)  Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

    Sec. 5.  Nothing in this order shall prohibit:  

    (a)  transactions for the conduct of the official business of the Federal Government by employees, grantees, or contractors thereof; or

    (b)  transactions related to the provision of articles such as food, clothing, and medicine intended to be used to relieve human suffering. 

    Sec. 6.  For the purposes of this order:  

    (a)  the term "person" means an individual or entity;

    (b)  the term "entity" means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;

    (c)  the term "United States person" means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States; and

    (d)  the term "Government of Venezuela" includes the state and Government of Venezuela, any political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, including the Central Bank of Venezuela and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA), any person owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the foregoing, and any person who has acted or purported to act directly or indirectly for or on behalf of, any of the foregoing, including as a member of the Maduro regime.  For the purposes of section 2 of this order, the term "Government of Venezuela" shall not include any United States citizen, any permanent resident alien of the United States, any alien lawfully admitted to the United States, or any alien holding a valid United States visa. 

    Sec. 7.  For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual.  I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order.

    Sec. 8.  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including promulgating rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be necessary to implement this order.  The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions within the Department of the Treasury.  All agencies of the United States Government shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order.

    Sec. 9.  (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 of the Office of Management and Budget 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.

    Sec. 10.  This order is effective at 9:00 a.m. eastern daylight time on August 5, 2019.


                        DONALD J. TRUMP
 

THE WHITE HOUSE,
    August 5, 2019.
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EXECUTIVE ORDER

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ADMINISTRATION OF PROLIFERATION SANCTIONS AND AMENDMENT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 12851


    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), sections 305-308 of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act), Public Law 102-182 (50 U.S.C. App. 2410c; 22 U.S.C. 2798, 5604-5606), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

    I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency described and declared in Executive Order 12938 of November 14, 1994, as amended by and relied on for additional steps in subsequent Executive Orders, hereby order:

    Section 1.  (a)  When the President, or the Secretary of State pursuant to authority delegated by the President and in accordance with the terms of such delegation, pursuant to section 307(b)(1) of the CBW Act, selects for imposition on a country one or more of the sanctions set forth below and in section 307(b)(2) of that Act, the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall take the following actions, when necessary, to implement such sanctions:

        (i)   oppose, in accordance with section 701 of the International Financial Institutions Act (22 U.S.C. 262d), the extension of any loan or financial or technical assistance to that country by international financial institutions; and

        (ii)  prohibit any United States bank from making any loan or providing any credit to the government of that country, except for loans or credits for the purpose of purchasing food or other agricultural commodities or products.

    (b)  The prohibition in subsection (a)(ii) of this section applies except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the date of this order.

    Sec. 2.  (a)  Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate the prohibition set forth in section 1(a)(ii) of this order is prohibited. 

    (b)  Any conspiracy formed to violate the prohibition set forth in section 1(a)(ii) of this order is prohibited.

    Sec. 3.  Subsection (b) of section 1 of Executive Order 12851 of June 11, 1993 (Administration of Proliferation Sanctions, Middle East Arms Control, and Related Congressional Reporting Responsibilities), is amended by adding the following new paragraph 4 after paragraph 3:

    "(4) The authorities and duties vested in me to oppose certain multilateral development bank assistance and to prohibit certain bank loans as provided in section 307(b)(2)(A)-(B), pursuant to a determination made by the Secretary of State under section 307(b)(1), are delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury."

    Sec. 4.  For the purposes of this order: 

    (a)  the term "entity" means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization; 

    (b)  the term "government" means a government, any political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, and any person owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, that government; and 

    (c)  the term "United States bank" means any entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including its foreign branches), or any entity in the United States, that is engaged in the business of accepting deposits, making, granting, transferring, holding, or brokering loans or credits, or purchasing or selling foreign exchange, securities, commodity futures, or options, or procuring purchasers and sellers thereof, as principal or agent.

    Sec. 5.  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including promulgating rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA and the CBW Act as may be necessary to implement this order.  The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions within the Department of the Treasury.  All agencies of the United States Government shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order.

    Sec. 6.  (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 of the Office of Management and Budget 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,
    August 1, 2019.

 

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Office of the Press Secretary
NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Natalie E. Brown, of Nebraska, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Uganda.

     Jovita Carranza, of Illinois, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration, vice Linda E. McMahon.

     Robert S. Gilchrist, of Florida, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Lithuania.

     Steven Christopher Koutsis, of Massachusetts, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Chad.

     Alina L. Romanowski, of Illinois, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the State of Kuwait.

     David Carey Woll, Jr., of Connecticut, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, vice Neal J. Rackleff.

 
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Office of the Press Secretary
  
TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE


August 1, 2019



 
Dear Madam Speaker:    (Dear Mr. President:)

Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order with respect to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and means of delivering them that takes additional steps with respect to the national emergency described and declared in Executive Order 12938 of November 14, 1994, as amended by and relied on for additional steps in subsequent Executive Orders.  

The Executive Order I have issued directs the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to take certain actions when the President, or the Secretary of State pursuant to authority delegated by the President and in accordance with the terms of such delegation, has pursuant to section 307(b)(1) of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act), Public Law 102-182 (50 U.S.C. App. 2410c; 22 U.S.C. 2798, 5604-5606), selected from section 307(b)(2) of that Act certain sanctions to impose on a country.  The Executive Order directs the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to take the following actions where necessary to implement the sanctions described in the CBW Act selected and maintained by the President or the Secretary of State:

     (i)   oppose, in accordance with section 701 of the International Financial Institutions Act (22 U.S.C. 262d), the extension of any loan or financial or technical assistance to that country by international financial institutions; or

     (ii)  prohibit any United States bank from making any loan or providing any credit to the government of that country, except for loans or credits for the purpose of purchasing food or other agricultural commodities or products.

The Executive Order additionally revises Executive Order 12851 of June 11, 1993, by adding a corresponding delegation to the Secretary of the Treasury.

I am enclosing a copy of the Executive Order I have issued.

                        Sincerely,


                        DONALD J. TRUMP
    
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Office of the Press Secretary
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019


 
EDT
 

9:00AM                     In-House Pool Call Time
 
2:40PM                     Out-of-Town Travel Pool Call Time
 


1:45PM                     THE PRESIDENT makes an announcement on EU Trade 
 
Roosevelt Room
 
In-House Pool 
 
 
4:00PM                     THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews
 
South Lawn
 
Open Press 
 
 
4:10PM                     THE PRESIDENT arrives at Joint Base Andrews
 
Joint Base Andrews
 
Out-of-Town Travel Pool
 
 
4:20PM                     THE PRESIDENT departs Washington, D.C., en route to Morristown, NJ
 
Joint Base Andrews
 
Out-of-Town Travel Pool
 
 
5:10PM                     THE PRESIDENT arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport
 
Morristown, NJ
 
Out-of-Town Travel Pool
 
 
5:20PM                     THE PRESIDENT departs Morristown, NJ, en route to Bedminster, NJ
 
Morristown, NJ
 
Out-of-Town Travel Pool
 
 
5:35PM                     THE PRESIDENT arrives at Bedminster Landing Zone
 
Bedminster, NJ
 
Closed Press 

  
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Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

 
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:

Jovita Carranza, of Illinois, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
 
Ms. Carranza currently serves as Treasurer of the United States and as a principal advisor to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin for community economic development and engagement. Ms. Carranza previously served as Deputy Administrator for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) after her appointment by President George W. Bush and unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate. While serving as Deputy Administrator of the SBA, Ms. Carranza led more than 80 field offices across the country and managed a portfolio of venture capital investments, business loans, and disaster loans totaling approximately $80 billion. Ms. Carranza has also had a distinguished career of more than 20 years at the United Parcel Service (UPS), where she was the highest-ranking Latina in the history of the company. Ms. Carranza started at UPS as a part-time, night-shift box handler and eventually became President of Operations for UPS Latin America and The Caribbean.
 
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Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to a key positions in his Administration:
 
Kendel S. Ehrlich, of Maryland, to be Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
 
Ms. Ehrlich currently serves as the Associate Director of External Affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). In her role, she manages the public appearances and media engagements for ONDCP Director Jim Carroll and helps to coordinate drug policy efforts. Previously, Ms. Ehrlich served as a public defender and a prosecutor in several counties in the State of Maryland. Ms. Ehrlich served as the First Lady of Maryland from 2003 to 2007, focusing on education and drug prevention efforts. Ms. Ehrlich earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore.
 
David John Urban, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy for the remainder of a three-year term expiring December 30, 2021.
 
Guy C. Swan III, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy for the remainder of a three-year term expiring December 30, 2021.
 
Sean Michael Spicer, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy for the remainder of a three-year term expiring December 30, 2021.

 
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Office of the Press Secretary
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, JULY 29, 2019

10:00AM                   THE PRESIDENT participates in a signing ceremony for H.R. 1327, an act to permanently authorize the September 11th victim compensation fund 
 
Rose Garden
 
Open Press
 

11:45AM                     THE PRESIDENT receives his intelligence briefing
 
Oval Office
 
Closed Press
 
 
12:30PM                     THE PRESIDENT has lunch with the Vice President

Private Dining Room
 
Closed Press
 
 
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Office of the Press Secretary

 EXECUTIVE ORDER
 
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BLOCKING PROPERTY AND SUSPENDING ENTRY OF CERTAIN PERSONS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SITUATION IN MALI
 

 
     By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (22 U.S.C. 287c) (UNPA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and in view of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2374 of September 5, 2017, and UNSCR 2432 of August 30, 2018,
 
     I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the situation in Mali, including repeated violations of ceasefire arrangements made pursuant to the 2015 Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali; the expansion of terrorist activities into southern and central Mali; the intensification of drug trafficking and trafficking in persons, human rights abuses, and hostage-taking; and the intensification of attacks against civilians, the Malian defense and security forces, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilizations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and international security presences, constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.  I hereby order:
 
     Section 1.  (a)  All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:  any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:
 
          (i)    to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, any of the following in or in relation to Mali:
 
               (A)  actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, or stability of Mali;
 
               (B)  actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Mali;
 
               (C)  a hostile act in violation of, or an act that obstructs, including by prolonged delay, or threatens the implementation of, the 2015 Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali;
 
               (D)  planning, directing, sponsoring, or conducting attacks against local, regional, or state institutions, the Malian defense and security  forces, any international security presences, MINUSMA peacekeepers, other United Nations or associated personnel, or any other peacekeeping operations;
 
               (E)  obstructing the delivery or distribution of, or access to, humanitarian assistance;
 
               (F)  planning, directing, or committing an act that violates international humanitarian law or that constitutes a serious human rights abuse or violation, including an act involving the targeting of civilians through the commission of an act of violence, abduction or enforced disappearance, forced displacement, or an attack on a school, hospital, religious site, or location where civilians are seeking refuge;
 
               (G)  the use or recruitment of children by armed groups or armed forces in the context of the armed conflict in Mali;
 
               (H)  the illicit production or trafficking of narcotics or their precursors originating or transiting through Mali;
 
               (I)  trafficking in persons, smuggling migrants, or trafficking or smuggling arms or illicitly acquired cultural property; or
 
               (J)  any transaction or series of transactions involving bribery or other corruption, such as the misappropriation of Malian public assets or expropriation of private assets for personal gain or political purposes;
 
          (ii)   to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or
 
          (iii)  to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.
 
     (b)  The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the date of this order.
 
     Sec. 2.  The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1 of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is hereby suspended, except where the Secretary of State determines that the person's entry is in the national interest of the United States, including when the Secretary so determines based on a recommendation of the Attorney General, that the person's entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives.  Such persons shall be treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).
 
     Sec. 3.  I hereby determine that the making of donations of the types of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to section 1 of this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in this order, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.
 
     Sec. 4.  The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include but are not limited to:  
 
     (a)  the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and
 
     (b)  the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.
 
     Sec. 5.  (a)  Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
 
     (b)  Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
 
     Sec. 6.  For the purposes of this order: 
 
     (a)  the term "person" means an individual or entity;
 
     (b)  the term "entity" means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization; and
 
     (c)  the term "United States person" means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.
 
     Sec. 7.  For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual.  I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in this order, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order.
 
     Sec. 8.  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including promulgating rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA and the UNPA as may be necessary to implement this order.  The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions within the Department of the Treasury.  All agencies of the United States Government shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order.
 
     Sec. 9.  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to submit the recurring and final reports to the Congress on the national emergency declared in this order, consistent with section 40l(c) of the NEA (50 U.S.C. 164l(c)) and section 204(c) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1703(c)).
 
     Sec. 10.  (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 of the Office of Management and Budget 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,
    July 26, 2019.

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Office of the Press Secretary

TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
 
 
July 26, 2019
 
 

Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
 
Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (22 U.S.C. 287c), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and in view of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2374 of September 5, 2017, and UNSCR 2432 of August 30, 2018, I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Mali.
 
The security situation in Mali has steadily declined over the last year, including repeated violations of ceasefire arrangements imposed by the 2015 Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali ("2015 Agreement"); the expansion of terrorist activities into southern and central Mali; the intensification of drug trafficking and trafficking in persons, human rights abuses, and hostage-taking; and the intensification of attacks against civilians, the Malian defense and security forces, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and international security presences.  Since 2012, the United States has backed the 12,300-strong MINUSMA force, which has brought some security to northern Mali.  However, MINUSMA has also become the deadliest peacekeeping mission in United Nations history with more than 140 peacekeepers killed to date.  While the overall security situation worsens, stakeholders in the peace process have made little progress toward implementing the political objectives agreed to in the 2015 Agreement.
 
Consequently, the situation in Mali constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.  The order will demonstrate to the Government of Mali that the United States supports bringing peace to Mali, isolating spoilers, and discouraging others from joining in their obstruction of the 2015 agreement.
 
I am enclosing a copy of the Executive Order I have issued.

 
            Sincerely,
 
 
                 DONALD J. TRUMP

 

 

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07/26/2019 07:04 PM EDT

Today, President Trump signed an executive order to address the deteriorating security situation in Mali. Extremist groups are exploiting ethnic tensions and expanding their networks well outside Malis borders.

The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has faced more violence and danger than any other peacekeeping mission in UN history. We commend the difficult work these peacekeepers and their partners do in the region. The signatory parties to the 2015 peace accordboth government and armed groupshave made distressingly little headway in implementing key components of the accord that could move Mali toward broader peace and tackle many of the grievances that push Malian citizens toward violence.

The Presidents executive order will freeze assets and suspend travel for individuals or entities that seek to undermine the peace, security, or stability of Mali. The United States will continue to work with its partners and the UNs Mali Sanctions Committee to identify those who seek to capitalize on instability or maintain the status quo rather than work towards peace, and make them subject to the full effect of sanctions.

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Office of the Press Secretary

TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES:
 
 
     I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 36, a joint resolution that would prohibit the issuance of certain licenses with respect to several proposed agreements or transfers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Kingdom of Spain, and the Italian Republic.  This resolution would weaken America's global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners.
 
     In particular, S.J. Res. 36 would prohibit licensing for manufacturing in Saudi Arabia of Guidance Electronics Detector Assemblies, Computer Control Groups, Airfoil Groups, Aircraft Umbilical Interconnect Systems, Fuses, and other components to support the production of Paveway II, Enhanced Paveway II, and Paveway IV munitions.  The misguided licensing prohibitions in the joint resolution directly conflict with the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States, which include strengthening defense alliances with friendly countries throughout the world, deepening partnerships that preserve and extend our global influence, and enhancing our competitiveness in key markets.  Apart from negatively affecting our bilateral relationships with Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy, the joint resolution would hamper the ability of the United States to sustain and shape critical security cooperation activities.  S.J. Res. 36 would also damage the credibility of the United States as a reliable partner by signaling that we are willing to abandon our partners and allies at the very moment when threats to them are increasing.
 
     The United States is providing the licenses that the joint resolution seeks to prohibit for many reasons.  First and foremost, it is our solemn duty to protect the safety of the more than 80,000 United States citizens who reside in Saudi Arabia and who are imperiled by Houthi attacks from Yemen.  The Houthis, supported by Iran, have attacked civilian and military facilities using missiles, armed drones, and explosive boats, including in areas frequented by United States citizens, such as the airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Second, the joint resolution would degrade Saudi Arabia’s military preparedness and ability to protect its sovereignty, directly affecting its ability to defend United States military personnel hosted there.  Third, Saudi Arabia is a bulwark against the malign activities of Iran and its proxies in the region, and the licenses the joint resolution would prohibit enhance Saudi Arabia's ability to deter and defend against these threats.
 
     In addition, S.J. Res. 36 would negatively affect our NATO Allies and the transatlantic defense industry.  It could, for example, produce unintended consequences for defense procurement and interoperability with and between our partners.  It could also create diplomatic and security opportunities for our adversaries to exploit.
 
     Finally, by restricting the ability of our partners to produce and purchase precision-guided munitions, S.J. Res. 36 would likely prolong the conflict in Yemen and deepen the suffering it causes.  By undermining bilateral relationships of the United States and impeding our ability to support key partners at a critical time, the joint resolution would harm -- not help -- efforts to end the conflict in Yemen.  And without precision-guided munitions, more -- not fewer -- civilians are likely to become casualties of the conflict.  While I share concerns that certain Members of Congress have expressed about civilian casualties of this conflict, the United States has taken and will continue to take action to minimize such casualties, including training and advising Saudi-led Coalition forces to improve their targeting processes.
 
     The United States is very concerned about the conflict's toll on innocent civilians and is working to bring the conflict in Yemen to an end.  But we cannot end it through ill-conceived and time-consuming resolutions that fail to address its root causes.  Rather than expend time and resources on such resolutions, I encourage the Congress to direct its efforts toward supporting our work to achieve peace through a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Yemen.
 
     For these reasons, it is my duty to return S.J. Res. 36 to the Senate without my approval.
 
 
 

                              DONALD J. TRUMP
 

 
 
THE WHITE HOUSE,
    July 24, 2019.

 
 

 

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Office of the Press Secretary

TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES:
 
 
     I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 37, a joint resolution that would prohibit the issuance of export licenses for certain defense articles, defense services, and technical data to support the transfer of Paveway II kits to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of France.  This resolution would weaken America's global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners.
 
     In particular, S.J. Res. 37 would prohibit the issuance of export licenses for Paveway II kits to the UAE, the United Kingdom, and France.  The misguided licensing prohibitions in the joint resolution directly conflict with the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States, which include strengthening defense alliances with friendly countries throughout the world, deepening partnerships that preserve and extend our global influence, and enhancing our competitiveness in key markets.  Apart from negatively affecting our bilateral relationships with the UAE, the United Kingdom, and France, the joint resolution would hamper the ability of the United States to sustain and shape critical security cooperation activities with those partners. S.J. Res. 37 would also damage the credibility of the United States as a reliable partner by signaling that we are willing to abandon our partners and allies at the very moment when threats to them are increasing.
 
     The United States is providing the licenses that the joint resolution seeks to prohibit for many reasons.  First and foremost, it is our solemn duty to protect the safety of the more than 80,000 United States citizens who reside in Saudi Arabia and are imperiled by Houthis attacking from Yemen using missiles, armed drones, and explosive boats.  The UAE is an important part of the Saudi-led Coalition that helps protect Americans from these Iranian-supported Houthi attacks on civilian and military facilities, including those located in areas frequented by United States citizens like the airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Second, the joint resolution would degrade the UAE's military preparedness and ability to protect its sovereignty, directly affecting its ability to defend the thousands of United States military personnel hosted there.  Third, the UAE is a bulwark against the malign activities of Iran and its proxies in the region.  It is also an active partner with the United States in combatting terrorism in Yemen and elsewhere.  The licenses the joint resolution would prohibit enhance our partner's ability to deter and defend against these threats.
 
     In addition, S.J. Res. 37 would negatively affect our NATO Allies and the transatlantic defense industry.  It could, for example, produce unintended consequences for defense procurement and interoperability with and between our partners.  It could also create diplomatic and security opportunities for our adversaries to exploit.
 
     Finally, by restricting the ability of our partners to produce and purchase precision-guided munitions, S.J. Res. 37 would likely prolong the conflict in Yemen and deepen the suffering it causes.  By undermining bilateral relationships of the United States and impeding our ability to support key partners at a critical time, the joint resolution would harm -- not help -- efforts to end the conflict in Yemen.  And without precision-guided munitions, more -- not fewer -- civilians are likely to become casualties of the conflict.  While I share concerns that certain Members of Congress have expressed about civilian casualties of this conflict, the United States has taken and will continue to take action to minimize such casualties, including training and advising the Saudi-led Coalition forces to improve their targeting processes.
 
     The United States is very concerned about the conflict's toll on innocent civilians and is working to bring the conflict in Yemen to an end.  But we cannot end it through ill-conceived and time-consuming resolutions that fail to address its root causes.  Rather than expend time and resources on such resolutions, I encourage the Congress to direct its efforts toward supporting our work to achieve peace through a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Yemen.
 
     For these reasons, it is my duty to return S.J. Res. 37 to the Senate without my approval.
 
 
 

                              DONALD J. TRUMP

 
 
 
THE WHITE HOUSE,
    July 24, 2019.

 

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Office of the Press Secretary

TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES:
 
 
     I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 38, a joint resolution that would prohibit the issuance of export licenses for the proposed transfer of defense articles, defense services, and technical data to support the manufacture of the Aurora Fuzing System for the Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb Program in regard to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  This resolution would weaken America's global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners.
 
     In particular, S.J. Res. 38 would prohibit the issuance of export licenses for the proposed transfer of defense articles, defense services, and technical data for the manufacturing of the Aurora Fuzing System for the Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb Program.  The misguided licensing prohibition in the joint resolution directly conflicts with the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States, which include strengthening defense alliances with friendly countries throughout the world, deepening partnerships that preserve and extend our global influence, and enhancing our competitiveness in key markets.  Apart from negatively affecting our bilateral relationships with Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, the joint resolution would hamper the ability of the United States to sustain and shape critical security cooperation activities.  S.J. Res. 38 would also damage the credibility of the United States as a reliable partner by signaling that we are willing to abandon our partners and allies at the very moment when threats to them are increasing.
 
     The United States is providing the licenses that the joint resolution seeks to prohibit for many reasons.  First and foremost, it is our solemn duty to protect the safety of the more than 80,000 United States citizens who reside in Saudi Arabia and who are imperiled by Houthi attacks from Yemen.  The Houthis, supported by Iran, have attacked civilian and military facilities using missiles, armed drones, and explosive boats, including in areas frequented by United States citizens, such as the airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Second, the joint resolution would degrade Saudi Arabia's military preparedness and ability to protect its sovereignty, directly affecting its ability to defend United States military personnel hosted there.  Third, Saudi Arabia is a bulwark against the malign activities of Iran and its proxies in the region, and the licenses the joint resolution would prohibit enhance Saudi Arabia's ability to deter and defend against these threats.
 
     In addition, S.J. Res. 38 would negatively affect our NATO Allies and the transatlantic defense industry.  It could, for example, produce unintended consequences for defense procurement and interoperability with and between our partners.  It could also create diplomatic and security opportunities for our adversaries to exploit.
 
     Finally, by restricting the ability of our partners to produce and purchase precision-guided munitions, S.J. Res. 38 would likely prolong the conflict in Yemen and deepen the suffering it causes.  By undermining bilateral relationships of the United States and impeding our ability to support key partners at a critical time, the joint resolution would harm -- not help -- efforts to end the conflict in Yemen.  And without precision-guided munitions, more -- not fewer -- civilians are likely to become casualties of the conflict.  While I share concerns that certain Members of Congress have expressed about civilian casualties of this conflict, the United States has taken and will continue to take action to minimize such casualties, including training and advising the Saudi-led Coalition forces to improve their targeting processes.
 
     The United States is very concerned about the conflict's toll on innocent civilians and is working to bring the conflict in Yemen to an end.  But we cannot end it through ill-conceived and time-consuming resolutions that fail to address its root causes.  Rather than expend time and resources on such resolutions, I encourage the Congress to direct its efforts toward supporting our work to achieve peace through a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Yemen.
 
     For these reasons, it is my duty to return S.J. Res. 38 to the Senate without my approval.
 
 

 

                              DONALD J. TRUMP

 
 
 
THE WHITE HOUSE,
    July 24, 2019.

 

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Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Personnel to Key Administration Posts
 
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:
 
Steven Christopher Koutsis, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Chad.
 
Steven Koutsis, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, currently serves as Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan.  Previously, he served as Director of the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Deputy Chief of Mission in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Deputy Director in the Office of Central African Affairs.  Earlier assignments include service as Team Leader of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Diyala Province, Iraq, Political and Economic Counselor in Monrovia, Liberia, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Nouakchott, Mauritania.  Mr. Koutsis earned a B.A. from Boston University in 1979.  He is the recipient of the Department of Army Superior Civilian Service Award for his service in Iraq.  Mr. Koutsis speaks French and Arabic.
 
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Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:
 
Robert A. Ingram, of North Carolina, to be a Member of the President’s Cancer Panel, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring February 20, 2022.
 
Edith Peterson Mitchell, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the President’s Cancer Panel, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring February 20, 2020.
 
John P. Williams, of Virginia, to be a Member of the President’s Cancer Panel, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring February 20, 2021, and to be designated Chairman for the term of one year.
 
 
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Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

David Carey Woll, Jr., of Connecticut, to be Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Community Planning and Development).
 
Mr. Woll is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development.  He oversees $8 billion annually for affordable housing, homelessness, and community revitalization initiatives across America.  He also oversees HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program, which has an $87 billion portfolio to assist disaster-impacted communities.  Other assignments include service as Deputy General Counsel for Enforcement and Fair Housing at HUD and Senior Policy Advisor and Compliance Director in the Governor and Attorney General’s offices in New Jersey.  Mr. Woll has also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in D.C. and the Eastern District of New York.  Mr. Woll earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Alina L. Romanowski, of Illinois, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Kuwait.

Ms. Romanowski, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State. Previously, she served as the Coordinator for United States Assistance to Europe and Eurasia in the Department’s Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs, and the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East Bureau of the United States Agency for International Development.  Ms. Romanowski was twice a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.  At the Defense Department, she was the founding Director of the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.  Ms. Romanowski earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Chicago.  She is the recipient of a Presidential Distinguished Rank Award and two Presidential Meritorious Rank Awards.  She speaks French and has studied Arabic and Hebrew.

 
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Office of the Press Secretary

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
AND PRIME MINISTER KHAN OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN
BEFORE BILATERAL MEETING
 
Oval Office
 

 
12:13 P.M. EDT
    
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It's my great honor to have the very popular and, by the way, great athlete -- one of the greatest -- but very popular Prime Minister of Pakistan. 
 
We have many things to discuss: military and terrorism and trade.  And I think we're going to spend a lot of time talking about trade because we do very little trade with Pakistan compared to what we could be doing and should be doing when our countries really get along perfectly.  And I think we're having that start.  We're going to have that start.
 
     But there's tremendous upside with respect to trade.  One of the things we're going to be discussing too is hostages; perhaps the polio vaccine, because Pakistan is one of the countries, and we'll talk about that as to, you know, what your feeling is on that.  But we have a situation in Pakistan where we want to talk about the polio, or the possible polio vaccine.
 
     And I think we're going to have great meetings.  We're going to be spending a long time together.  We have our representatives meeting right after we're finished.  And we just came out, Mr. Prime Minister, with tremendous economic numbers for the United States -- the best we've ever had.  We've got the best economy we've ever had.  And I think we can shift some of that over to Pakistan.  We should be doing tremendous business together.  So, I look forward to it.
 
     PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  Inshallah.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And it is an honor to have you with us.  Thank you very much.
 
     Q    And, Prime Minister Khan, can you speak (inaudible) --
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Please.
 
     PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  Well, I've been looking forward to this meeting since I assumed office as Prime Minister of Pakistan.  I mean, the United States is vital for Pakistan.  We have links which have gone back since Pakistan became independent.  You know, we've been fighting wars together: first Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Pakistan was a frontline state, allied to the U.S.  And then again the War on Terror, which was after 9/11.
 
     So I look forward to my conversation with you, Mr. President.
 
     Q    Mr. President, Pakistan has been your ally for 14 years into the Afghan War.  So, first terrorism, first economy disaster, and all that.  And, still, we -- we were taken to the court with all the accusations that Pakistan is now responsible to (inaudible). 
 
Now, when India has -- India and U.S. has developed an alliance in the region.  How do, you know, you plan to foresight about the Pak-U.S. relationship -- how they can be strengthened when your preference is India?  Number one. 
 
And secondly, you know, after your campaign, what kind of promises -- if you are elected again, what kind of promises you are going to fulfill?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Okay.  That's a big question.  (Laughter.)  That could go on for hours -- that answer.
 
     I will say that we have a very good relationship with India.  I know that your relationship is strained a little bit.  Maybe a lot.  But we will be talking about India; a very big part of our conversation today.  And I think maybe if we can help intercede and do whatever we have to do.  But I think it's something that can be brought back together. 
 
And we'll also be talking about Afghanistan.  We've reduced our number of troops there by quite a bit.  We are continuing to reduce troops in Afghanistan.  We're working with Pakistan and others on getting an agreement signed, as you know.  And we'll see what happens.
 
     But we will be talking about India and Afghanistan very much so.
 
     Q    The Washington Post is reporting today that Huawei had a relationship with North Korea to build their commercial wireless network.  Have you been briefed on that?  Do you have concerns?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I know all about it.  I know all about Huawei.  I know all about 5G.  And we're working on it, and we have companies that are now getting very, very strong in that department.  And we're going to have 5G.  We're going to have the best 5G in the world, just like we have everything else.
 
     Our Silicone [sic] -- Silicon Valley cannot be competed with.  There's nobody that can compete with Silicon Valley for the brainpower or for what we do. 
 
     And nobody was focused on 5G but now they are.  And we have great companies going into 5G.  Even if they don’t want to, a lot of them were very happy doing what they were doing.  But now they're going -- at my request, they're going into 5G.  So we don’t need -- we don’t need anything from anybody.
 
     Q    Do you have any additional concerns with North Korea?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Say it?  What?
 
     Q    The Post is reporting about Huawei's relationship with North Korea.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, we'll have to find out.  Our relationship with North Korea has been very good.  We've really established a good relationship with Kim Jong Un.  I have personally.  There's no rocket testing.  There's no missile testing.  We're getting our remains back.  We got our hostages back. 
 
And we have a very, very good relationship, the two of us, and that's very important.  There's been no nuclear testing.  And what they're doing with 5G will be, you know -- we will have to see.  I'll have to -- I'll find out.
 
     Q    This is (inaudible) from (inaudible) News TV Pakistan.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Say it again.
 
     Q    This is (inaudible) from (inaudible) News TV Pakistan.  Lindsey Graham, when he met Imran Khan, he says you both are kind of same personalities.  You are the President who fulfill all your promises with the campaign.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I do.  I do.
 
     Q    And the same Imran Khan; he's also fulfilling all his promises.  So how do you see this meeting?  Like, same kind of person?  Straight to point?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I think we're going to have a great meeting today.  I know that it's an important meeting.  I consider this a very important meeting because I think we haven’t met the potential of either country.  I think the potential with Pakistan and likewise, the opposite way, I think we have not even come close to meeting it.  There is tremendous potential between our country and Pakistan. 
 
I think Pakistan is going to help us out to extricate ourselves.  We're like policemen.  We're not fighting the war.  If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week.  I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.  Does that make sense to you?  I don’t want to kill 10 million people.
 
     I have plans on Afghanistan that, if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth.  It would be gone.  It would be over in -- literally, in 10 days.  And I don’t want to do -- I don’t want to go that route.
 
     So we're working with Pakistan and others to extricate ourselves.  Nor do we want to be policemen, because basically we're policemen right now.  And we're not supposed to be policemen.  We've been there -- we've been there for 19 years, in Afghanistan.  It's ridiculous.  And I think Pakistan helps us with that because we don’t want to stay as policemen.  But if we wanted to, we could win that war.  I have a plan that would win that war in a very short period of time.  You understand that better than anybody. 
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  Mm-hmm.
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We've been in there not fighting to win, just fighting to -- they're building gas stations; they're rebuilding schools.  The United States, we shouldn’t be doing that.  That's for them to do.
 
     But what we did and what our leadership got us into was ridiculous.  But we will -- I think we'll have some very good answers on Afghanistan, very quickly.
 
     Q    Mr. President, Jerry Nadler says the Mueller report lays out evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors.
 
     Q    (Inaudible.)
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yeah, go ahead.  You go ahead.  Go ahead.
 
     Q    Does that concern you about Wednesday?
 
     Q    This is (inaudible) from GTV Network Pakistan.  The Pakistani army has fought war against terror.  And it has fought and protected and gave sacrifices in protecting Pakistan-Afghanistan border, as well.  But Pakistan's sincerity was always doubted.  Coalition support fund was suspended by U.S. Defense Department.  So, at this time, the Pakistani economy is facing great trouble.  Are you going to restore any package for Pakistan?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  So we are going to -- that's right -- we were paying $1.3 billion to Pakistan as aid, for many years.  The problem was Pakistan -- this is before you -- Pakistan was not doing anything for us.  They were really, I think, subversive.  They were going against us.  And this is something we'll be ta- -- I ended that about a year and a half ago, the $1.3 billion.
 
     And I tell you what: To be honest, I think we have a better relationship with Pakistan right now than we did when we were paying that money.  But all of that can come back, depending on what we work out. 
 
We're working out things that are very important.  We have a very -- I consider this very important.  We're working out things that are very, very important.  And I think, at the end of this, at the end of a very short time, we're going to have a very great relationship with Pakistan.  And we should.  It's a great country.  It's a great -- they're great people.  I have many friends from Pakistan.  Living in New York, I have a lot of Pakistani friends -- I will tell you that.  And they're great people: smart, tough.  They are tough.  There's no question about that.  They're like him; they're tough.  (Laughter.) 
 
     Q    Mr. President, are you worried about Wednesday?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  No, I'm not going to be watching.  Probably.  Maybe I'll see a little bit of it.  I'm not going to be watching Mueller because you can't take all those bites out of the apple. 
 
We had no collusion, no obstruction.  We had no nothing.  We had a total "no collusion" finding.  The Democrats were devastated by it.  They went crazy.  They've gone off the deep end.  They're not doing anything.  They're not doing healthcare.  They're not going infrastructure. 
 
They're not lowering drug prices.  I'm lowering drug prices.  First time in 53 years that drug prices went down last year.  Fifty-three years.  And I'm doing that without the help of Congress, which makes it much tougher to do.  Because if they worked with us, I could get drug prices down in half.  But the Democrats don’t seem to care about drug prices.  All they care about is a phony investigation where the report was written -- it said "no collusion" -- the report was written, and the Attorney General, based on the report, was easily able to find there was no obstruction.  There's no nothing.  They're wasting their time.
 
     And Robert Mueller, I know he's conflicted -- he had a lot -- there's a lot of conflicts that he's got, including the fact that his best friend is Comey.  But he's got conflicts with me, too.  He's got big conflicts with me.  As you know, he wanted the job of the FBI Director.  He didn’t get it.  And we had a business relationship where I said, "No."  And I would say that he wasn’t happy.  Then, all of a sudden, he gets this position.  But you know what?  He still ruled -- and I respect him for it -- he still ruled "no collusion, no obstruction." 
 
And this thing should've ended a long time ago.  This has been going on for two and a half years.  And we're never going to allow this to happen to another President again because most of them wouldn’t be able to take it.
 
On top of everything else, we have the strongest economy.  We were just discussing this with the Prime Minister.  We have the strongest economy that the United States has ever had.  We have the highest stock market.  Yesterday, literally, the highest stock market we've ever had on Friday -- Thursday. 
 
We've broken the record, I think, 109 times for highest stock market.  But on, I believe, Thursday of last week we hit the all-time highest in the history of our country. 
 
Our country is doing phenomenally well.  Unemployment is the lowest in 51 years, soon to be the lowest in history if it keeps going this way in a short period of time.  Black, Hispanic, Asian unemployment -- the lowest in history.  Women -- the lowest in 72 years. 
 
Nobody has ever done what we've done.  Nobody has done in two and a half years what we've done: the biggest tax cuts in history; the biggest regulation cuts in history.  So many things for healthcare.  We got rid of the individual mandate which was the worst part of Obamacare.  Going to end up -- if we end up winning the House back, we keep the presidency, we should keep the Senate.  We should keep the presidency, I would think easy, when you have the strongest economy in the history of our country.  And somebody is going to run against that particular President even though, in this case, it's me.  In theory, I have a big advantage.  I don’t know.  I'm going to have to ask you.  But, in theory, I have a big advantage. 
 
So a lot of great things are happening.  But the Democrats, they don’t want to talk about that.  They want to stay off the economy subject.  And what they're doing is just hearing after hearing after hearing.  It's nonsense.  Okay?  They tried an impeachment vote, and they got slaughtered last week.  They got absolutely slaughtered.  It was the most ridiculous -- I didn’t even know they were going to do it. 
 
And I'll tell you, just in finishing: I have a lot of respect for the Democrats because most of them voted against impeachment last week.  And I have a lot of respect for those Democrats that did that because they're doing the right thing for the country.  No collusion, no obstruction. 
 
Okay.  Anybody else?
 
Q    Mr. President, on the debt talks -- sir, on the debt talks, can you tell us if there is a deal soon?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yeah, we're talking about it.  Secretary Mnuchin is talking about it.  We're having very good talks with the Speaker of the House -- with Nancy Pelosi.  We're having very good talks with Chuck Schumer and, of course, with Mitch McConnell and Kevin.  We are -- Kevin McCarthy. 
 
We are, I think, doing very well on debt, if you look at debt limit, however you want to define that.  But we're doing very well on that, and, I think, we're doing pretty well on our budget. 
 
Very important that we take care of our military. 
Our military was depleted, and in the last two and a half years, we've un-depleted it, okay?  To put it mildly.  We have made it stronger than ever before.  We need another big year.  So we had $700 billion, we had then $716 billion, and this year we're going to be asking for a number slightly larger than that. 
We're putting our military back into a shape that it's never been in before: new.  The best missiles in the world.  The best equipment in the world.  The best military equipment of all.  We're building submarines -- the finest.  Nobody can even think about competing with what we're building.  We're building, as you know, new submarines. 
 
We have a new aircraft carrier coming online.  It's the largest ship in the world.  It's so large that maybe I could even land a plane on top of it, okay?  But it's a big -- it's a big one.  President Gerald Ford.  It's a phenomenal -- it's a phenomenal ship. 
 
So what we're doing -- what we're doing is incredible things for our country.
 
And, you know, just about -- just about -- and I might say this about the military equipment: It's all made in the USA -- everything.  A hundred percent.  It's all made in the USA.  And, you know, it's one of the reasons our job numbers probably are so good -- the lowest unemployment. 
 
Yeah.  Go ahead.
 
Q    Mr. President, will you be visiting Pakistan?  As you've described, Pakistan is a great country.  So he will be definitely extending you an invitation.  So will you be visiting Pakistan?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I can't say that yet because, so far, he has not extended me an invitation.  (Laughter.)  And after today's meeting, maybe he won't.  But I have a feeling he might.  Yes, I'd love to go Pakistan at the right time. 
 
Q    On Pakistan, Mr. President --
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yes, please.
 
Q    Bahzad Saleemi, here from Pakistani News Channel (inaudible).  Is there any exact date or timeframe of U.S. troops withdrawal under consideration under your administration?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Are you talking about from Afghanistan?
 
Q    Yes.
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yeah, we have already withdrawn quite a few.  And we're doing it very slowly and very safely.  And we're working with Pakistan and with -- as you know, we're negotiating with the Taliban.  And we are doing, I think, very well in that regard. 
 
Again, it's something that we could do -- we could go one of two ways: We could do a number the likes of which they've never seen before, and win it very quickly.  I don’t want to do that.  I don’t want to do that because you're talking about millions of people, and I don’t want to do that.
 
And we're working with Pakistan on getting a solution.  And I think -- I think it's being worked very well, wouldn’t you say so, Mr. Prime Minister?
 
Q    Will there still be troops there on Election Day?  Will there still be troops there on Election Day in Afghanistan -- U.S. troops?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I don’t know.  We're moving a lot of them out.  And --
 
Q    Do you want them to be gone by then?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And we've done what we're supposed to do.  We've been there for 19 years, and we've acted as policemen, not soldiers.  And, again, if we wanted to be soldiers, it would be over in 10 days.  One week to 10 days, if we wanted to. 
 
But I have not chosen that.  Why are we -- why would we kill millions of people?  It wouldn’t be fair.  In terms of humanity, it wouldn’t be fair.  So we're doing very well, and I think that Pakistan is going to be a big help. 
 
Q    What role do you see for India and Afghanistan? 
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Say it?
 
Q    What role do you see for India and Afghanistan?  And, Mr. Prime Minister, same question to you.  What -- does India has a role to bring peace in Afghanistan?
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  You see, this is the closest we've been to a peace deal in Afghanistan. 
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yeah. 
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  And there is no military solution in Afghanistan.  There is no military solution because, as Mr. President says, if you go all-out military, there will be millions and millions of people who will die. 
 
So there is only one solution.  And I feel -- and I think we will discuss this -- it's the closest we have been to a peace deal.  And we hope that in the coming days we will be able to urge the Taliban to speak to the Afghan government and come to a settlement -- a political solution.
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:   And what the Prime Minister --
 
Q    (Inaudible).
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:   Excuse me.  What the Prime Minister just said is a very big story.  And it's 100 percent true.  We're -- we've made a lot of progress over the last couple of weeks, and Pakistan has helped us with that progress. 
 
But a lot of great things are happening.  A lot of things are happening for the United States, and I think a lot of great things are going to be happening for Pakistan too, under your leadership.  I really feel that.
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  Thank you.  Thank you.
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:   Okay?
 
Q    Mr. President, on Iran, are we closer to negotiations or to armed conflict?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I think Iran doesn’t know where they are.  I've been watching and reading a lot of reports.  And right now, they're a very mixed up country.  They don’t know whether they're coming or going.  They have tremendous problems economically.  Their country is in turmoil.  They're having demonstrations all over Iran.  They're inflation rate is at 75 percent.  They have a lot of problems. 
 
So whatever it is, it is.  I'm just going to sit back and wait.  Let's see what happens.  But I will say --
 
Q    What can you tell us about the CIA assets?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  -- they are doing very poorly as a country, and we'll see what happens. 
 
We did, actually -- because they said no -- and, you know, it's a religious country, or religious leaders, but they lie a lot.  We did shoot down -- unfortunately, we had to shoot down a drone.  The drone came down.  You know how it -- how it came down with a new technology that’s actually quite amazing.  But we took down one of their drones.  Instead of saying, "Yeah, that happened," they lied.  They say it didn’t happen. 
 
So we have -- there's a lot of proof.  It's called "take a look at it on the ocean floor."  Just go down there -- take your scuba gear and go down there in the -- one of you would do that, I know.  But we took down a drone.
 
I think very importantly -- I read a report today about CIA; that’s totally a false story.  That’s another lie.  They put out propaganda.  They put out lies.  I don’t think Pakistan would ever do a thing like that, right?  Pakistan --
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  Definitely not. 
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:   Pakistan never lies.
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  Definitely not.
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:   But Iran does, unfortunately.  So let's see what happens with Iran.  We are ready for the absolute worst.  And we're ready for sense, too.  But we are very geared up.  And if they -- they are really the number-one state of terror in the world.  Now, I have to say, they've pulled back because their money is running very low.  The deal that President Obama made was a disaster because it was such a short term.  It didn’t cover ballistic missiles.  And they couldn’t see the important sites.  Under this you couldn’t inspect the important sites.  There were many things wrong. 
 
     And, of course, they gave 150 billion dollars plus 1.8 billion in green -- green, beautiful cash.  That’s called many plane loads of cash.  I think Pakistan would like to have some of that cash.  But they gave $1.8 billion in cash, which is unthinkable. 
 
     And instead of being respectful and thankful -- which, frankly, they should have been to the United States and to President Obama for making that ridiculous deal -- instead of being respectful, they put their finger up in the air -- this finger, the thumb -- they put their finger up in the air and they disrespected the United States.  They shouldn’t have done that.  That was a big mistake.
 
     One of the best things I’ve done is terminate that ridiculous deal.  If they want to make a deal, it’s -- frankly, it’s getting harder for me to want to make a deal with Iran because they behave very badly.  They’re saying bad things. 
 
     And I’ll tell you, it could go either way very easily.  Very easily.  And I’m okay either way it goes. 
 
     Q    Mr. President (inaudible) --
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yes.  You're from Pakistan?
 
Q    Yeah, I'm from Pakistan.
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I want a couple of Pakistani reporters.  I like them.  I like them much better than our reporters. 
 
     Q    (Inaudible) News.  (Inaudible.)  Question is: What do you think Pakistan could (inaudible) in 18 years?  And you have so much hope now that (inaudible).  What are those things that Pakistan could do right now?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  You mean what they didn’t do to end the war?
 
     Q    (Inaudible) 18 years they could do now. 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I don’t think Pakistan -- look, I don’t think Pakistan respected the United States.  I don’t think Pakistan respected its presidents.  And I think Pakistan could have done a lot.  I think Pakistan can do tremendous amount against -- with respect to Afghanistan.  They didn’t do it and I don’t’ blame them because they were dealing with the wrong President.  Who knows?  But I think Pakistan could have done -- they’re helping us a lot now. 
 
I think they could have helped us a lot in the past.  But it doesn’t matter.  We have a new leader; he’s doing to be a great leader of Pakistan.  And we have a new leader here.  Sort of new; I’m two and half years now -- getting to be three years, can you believe it?  You’re going to find time flies. 
 
     But, no, I think Pakistan could have done a lot but they chose not to.  And that’s because they did not respect U.S. leadership.
 
     Q    Is Pakistan doing enough now?  Is Pakistan doing enough now?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I'll let you know that very quickly.  I’ll let you know.  I mean, I’m going to know soon.  It’s not going to be like a long-term thing.  I figure things out very quickly. 
 
So the question was -- that’s probably the best question you’ve asked in a long time.  (Laughter.)  First time -- she’s always asking, “Mueller.  Mueller.  Mueller.”  It’s been -- she’s been asking this Mueller thing for three years.  It’s your best question.  So I have to focus on that because that’s such a great question.
 
     I think Pakistan is going to do a lot.  I really do. I think Pakistan is going to make a big difference.  I think Pakistan will save millions of lives in Afghanistan because I really believe that they can -- they have a power that other nations don’t have with respect to Afghanistan. 
 
     And I will say, as of this moment, they’re working very hard and very nicely, and we appreciate it.
 
     Q    (Inaudible) reports and video of protestors in Hong Kong -- in these ongoing protests -- being beaten by gangs.  And, potentially, the Hong Kong and Chinese governments are sort of looking the other way, allowing these people -- protestors to be beaten.  Have you seen any of that footage?  Have you been briefed on any of that?  Do you have any --
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I have. 
 
     Q    -- message to Beijing and China?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And, you know, I know President Xi.  We’re working on trade deals right now.  We’ll see what happens.  In the meantime, they’re paying us billions and billions of dollars of tariffs, which is fine with me. 
 
     But I know that they’re working -- I know that’s a very important situation for President Xi.  And, you know, you could say what you said, but you could also say that he has allowed that to go on for a long time, and, you know, it’s been relatively -- I think it’s been relatively non-violent.
 
     Q    Do you believe that protestors should be allowed to protest on the streets of Hong Kong, as they've been doing peacefully?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, they are.  I mean, they are.  I don’t think China has stopped them.  But China could stop them if they wanted.  I think -- I think that -- again, I’m not involved in it very much -- but I think President Xi of China has acted responsibly.  Very responsibly.  They’ve been out there protesting for a long time. 
 
I’ve never seen protests like it, where you have that many people. It likes two million people.  Those are big protests.  But I think that President -- I hope that President Xi will do the right thing.  But it has been going on a long time.  There’s no question about it.
 
Do you want to do a couple more?  Do you have anybody you want to take a question from?
 
Q    Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. President made good remarks about Pakistan and said that Pakistan can help lot to end the violence in Afghanistan -- the dialogue process and reconciliation process.  So what really Pakistan can do to bring peace?  Because you are also (inaudible) by your military commander, General Bajwa and other security team. 
 
So what solution Pakistan -- what strategy paper you have to push forward the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and assurances to the U.S.?
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  Number one, this is the longest war that the United States has ever fought.  It’s almost 19 years. 
 
Number two, I am one of those who always believed that there was no military solution, because anyone who knows the history of Afghanistan -- you just have to look back at the history -- there was always going to be a political settlement at the end.
 
And I have to compliment President Trump because he has now forced people to end the war, to have a settlement.  And that’s where I think Pakistan is playing a very important role because Pakistan has a 1,500-mile border with Afghanistan, and all the areas where the trouble is -- which is the eastern side of Afghanistan. 
 
So this is a critical time.  I’m looking forward to my talks with President Trump.  We have our military leadership here because this is obviously a security situation.  And what we want is understanding between the two countries.  I can assure President Trump that whatever we will be saying will be the -- we will be straight with them.  There will never be any question of any doubt on Pakistan’s intent, because apart from Afghanistan, the country that wants peace in Afghanistan more than any other country is Pakistan because we get directly affected by it.
 
And Pakistan needs stability.  We have had 15 years of fighting this war on terror.  Over 70,000 Pakistani causalities.  Over $150 billion lost to the economy.  So we desperately want peace.  And I’m happy that President Trump has pushed this forward.  So we hope -- I’m looking forward to these talks.
 
Q    Disrupting the peace in the region, and apart from Afghanistan, there is another security threat in South Asia, and that is Kashmir dispute unresolved even by the United Nations and even by the U.S., who voted in support of that resolution in the U.N. 
 
Now, are you going to make any kind of submission and intervention, President Trump?  And the same question to Mr. President Trump --
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  I will --
 
Q    Is he going to play any role in that Kashmir, where millions have been dead? 
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  I --
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Okay, he's got it.  He's got it.
 
Q    Thank you.
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  I will be asking President Trump.  He’s -- it’s the most powerful country in the world, the United States.  It can play the most important role in bringing peace in the subcontinent.  You know, there are over a -- over a billion and a quarter people in the subcontinent.  They are held hostage to the issue of Kashmir.  And I feel that only the most powerful state, headed by President Trump, can bring the two countries together.
 
From my point, I can tell you, we have tried our best.  We’ve made all overtures to India to start dialogue, resolve our differences through dialogue.  But unfortunately, we haven’t made headways as yet.  But I’m hoping that President Trump would push this process.        
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  So I was with -- I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about this subject.  And he actually said, “Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?”  I said, “Where?”  He said, “Kashmir.”  Because this has been going on for many, many years.  I was surprised at how long; it’s been going on a long --
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  Seventy years.        
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And I think they’d like to see it resolved.  And I think you’d like to see it resolved.  And if I can help, I would love to be a mediator.  It shouldn’t be -- I mean, it’s impossible to believe two incredible countries that are very, very smart, with very smart leadership, can’t solve a problem like that.  But if you want me to mediate or arbitrate, I would be willing to do that.
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  President, I can tell you that, right now, you would have the prayers of over a billion people if you can mediate and resolve this issue.        
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  It should be resolved.  So it -- but he asked me the same, so I think there’s something.  So maybe we’ll speak to him or I’ll speak to him, and we’ll see if we can do something because I’ve heard so much about Kashmir.  Such a beautiful name.  It’s supposed to be such a beautiful part of the world.  But right now there’s just bombs all over the place.  They say everywhere you go, you have bombs and it’s a terrible situation.  Been going on for many years.  If I can do anything to help that, let me know.
 
Let me give you one thing on Afghanistan, as an example.  So a lot of you don’t know this, but we dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever built in history.  We dropped it in Afghanistan.  We were getting ready to make many of those bombs.  This left a hole that was -- it took out a lot of the tunnels and everything else.  But it left a hole in the Earth that looked like the moon; it looked like a crater from the moon.  It’s still there.  It was -- nobody has ever seen anything like it.  People heard it 15 miles away.  They said, “What was that?”  It shook the Earth.  Non-nuclear -- the largest ever made, by far. 
 
And they were going to make many of them.  And I said, “No, we don’t have to.  I don’t want to drop that.  I don’t want to do that.”  So many easy solutions.  That’s actually the easy solution.  And they’d come in and they’d say, “Let’s have peace.”  But you don’t have to do that.  I think we’re going to be very successful with having to go that route.  And I have tremendous confidence in the Prime Minister. 
 
All right, one or two more.  Go ahead.  Go ahead, please.
 
Q    This is Nadeem from Voice of America.  Are you going to raise the issue of Dr. Shakil Afridi with PM Imran Khan?  And, PM, question to you regarding the freedom of the press in Pakistan: There are a lot of curbs on the freedom of press, on the media, on the journalists.  Can you comment on that?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Go ahead, please.
             
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  Pakistan press -- to scorn Pakistan press as if there's curbs on it.  Pakistan has one of the freest presses in the world.  All you have to do is -- since I’ve been the Prime Minister in the last 10 months -- I mean, the criticism I have received from my own press: unprecedented. 
 
So to say that there are curbs on Pakistan press is a joke. 
 
Q    Mr. Prime Minister, I --
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  When you say “unprecedented,” it can’t --
 
Q    Mr. Prime Minister --
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Wait a minute.  Wait, wait, wait. There’s no way you’re treated worse than I am.  (Laughter.) 
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  (Laughs.)  It's worse than you.
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I mean, that can’t be.
 
Q    Mr. Prime Minister, you are fighting -- Mr. Prime Minister, you are fighting --
 
Q    (Inaudible.)
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  You're going to have to speak because I didn’t hear your words.
 
Q    Yeah, the question was: Are you going to raise the issue of freedom or release of Dr. Shakil Afridi?  Dr. Shakil Afridi.
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Freedom of the press?
 
Q    Dr. Shakil Afridi. 
 
Q    Dr. Shakil Afridi.  The doctor who helped -- 
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Oh, yes.  We will do that.  We will -- we’re talking about hostages.  We’re talking about hostages being held in various places.  I’ve had very good luck with hostages with North Korea, with many places.  They’ve treated us with respect, and I appreciate it.  It made a big difference. 
 
     We have two or three hostages that we’re talking about.  That’s one of the gentlemen that we have heard about.  And we’ll be -- we will be discussing that with many other subjects.  Yes, we will.
 
     PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  And President Trump --
 
     Q    (Inaudible.)
 
     PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  Just a minute.  Trump, we will be giving you a good news about the two hostages (inaudible).
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Good.  Thank you. 
 
     Q    On your tweets this morning -- why are you escalating the feud with the four congresswomen?  The racial tensions --
 
     Q    On North Korea, sir -- on North Korea, sir --
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I’ll tell you in a second.
 
Go ahead.  Ask again. 
 
Q    On your tweets -- why are you escalating your feud with the four congresswomen and racial tensions in so doing?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I think they’re very bad for our country.  I really think they must hate our country.  I think the four congressmen we’re talking about -- the congresswomen, what they’ve said about Israel, what they’ve said about our country, when they talk about “disgusting people,” when they talk the way they talk; when the one mentioned that “brown people should speak for brown people,” and “Muslim people should speak for Muslim people,” and you hear all this -- it’s not what our country is all about.
 
No, I think they’re very bad for our country.  I think they’re very bad for the Democrat Party.  I think you see that.  And they’re pulling the Democrats way left.  Nobody knows how to handle them.  I feel they’re easy to handle.  To me, they’re easy to handle because they’re just out there.  They’re very bad for our country.  Absolutely. 
 
Q    Are you stoking racial tensions?  But are you stoking racial tensions in so doing?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  No, I don’t think -- no, no, no racial tension.  No, no, there's no racial tension.
 
Look, I had my best numbers recently, and it’s because of the economy and what I’ve done for the African American.  When you look at -- the African Americans are doing better than they’ve ever done in our country.  They’re -- we’re creating numbers -- look at the poverty numbers.  Look at so many different -- look at the unemployment numbers.  The best they’ve ever had.
 
No, we have fantastic relationships with the African American community.  I think you’ll see that.  Certainly, you’re going to see that in 2020, I believe.
 
Q    Mr. President, even your critics -- even your critics say that you’re going to win the 2020 election.  And you’re obviously very confident about that.  Same thing, Imran Kahn.  Sir, you are also heading up a big war against corruption in Pakistan.  So can you just give us a little comment on that?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I think he’s going to win.  And I think what’s going to happen -- of course, he’s got a little ways to wait -- (laughter) -- but I’ll go over -- I’m going to campaign for you.  I’m going to help him win his campaign. 
 
Q    Mr. President, I'm (inaudible) representing Associated Press of Pakistan.  Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan is looking for trade and economic relationships and investment in Pakistan.  Are you willing to do that?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yes.
 
Q    Because many experts say that economic prosperity is the best antidote to extremism and militancy.
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I agree.  And I think that’s very true.  And that's actually a very good question.  The answer is yes.  I see great trade with Pakistan.  And I'm not -- I'm not talking about a little bit more.  I'm talking about -- we could go 10 and even 20 times what we’re doing right now. 
 
You know, Pakistan is a big country.  It's actually a very big country, and they have tremendous product.  They make great product.  They make tremendous -- I've bought from Pakistan over the years when I was in the private sector.  They make incredible product.  They're brilliant people.  They're hardworking people. 
 
I think we're going to have a fantastic trade relationship.  I don’t mean we'll increase it by 20 percent.  I mean, I think we can quadruple it.  I think it could go -- I mean, literally, it sounds crazy -- you could go 10 times more.  You could go 20 times more.  Because what we do right now is not much, and we should do a lot. 
 
So I think that’s going to be -- and I also do agree that that has so much to do with great peace.  Having a great trading relationship has so much to do with peace and extremism, in this case.  I think it can have a -- so I expect that we will, within a very short period of time, start having very significant trade with Pakistan. 
 
Q    Sir, are there any lower working-level talks with North Korea scheduled at this point since you met with Kim Jong Un at the DMZ?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  No, we just have a very good relationship, and probably they would like to meet.  And we'll see what happens.  There was a little correspondence recently -- very positive correspondence -- with North Korea. 
 
Q    Between you or your staff?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Again, there's no nuclear testing.  There's no missile testing.  There's no nothing.  I think we will -- yeah, at a certain point.
 
Q    What's the roadmap to working-level talks, sir?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  When they’re ready -- when they're ready, we'll be meeting.
 
Q    They're not ready yet, sir?
 
Q    One question, please?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Go ahead.
 
Q    One question, please.  (Inaudible) from (inaudible) Pakistan.  Did you raise the case for Dr. Afridi?
 
PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  Well, there will be things discussed.  So, you know, that would be for afterwards. 
 
Q    Mr. President, on Puerto Rico?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We’ll be -- we'll be discussing it.
 
Q    A question on India.  Pakistan -- one of the (inaudible) Pakistan (inaudible) where India (inaudible) a non-state actors to destabilize them.  And the people from there are going to Europe and other places.  And they're getting refused.  They’re getting asylum in India, which is actually an indication that India is helping those non-state actors to infiltrate in Pakistan and create that.  One of the guy Pakistan is holding -- which was the (inaudible) network.  So you do you think that the U.S. will be playing a role in stopping India to, you know, destabilizing the region?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I think I can very well.  I have a very good relationship with Prime Minister Modi.  And I think we're going to have a phenomenal relationship with the Prime Minister of Pakistan.  I do think that it's a two-way street.  You know, you say India is coming in and destabilizing Pakistan, but India is saying that Pakistan is coming in and destabilizing.  So there's a lot of room right there where we can meet.  I think we can meet. 
 
You had a question on Puerto Rico?
 
Q    Should the governor of Puerto Rico step down right now?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Did he step down?
 
Q    Should he.  Should he.  He says he's not going to because he's not going to run for reelection.
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  He's a terrible governor.  I think you have an even worse mayor of San Juan.  She's horrible.  I think she's horrible.  I watched her -- my people did nothing but complain about her when we helped them with their hurricane problem.  The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a horror show.  She's incompetent.  Grossly incompetent.  At the same time, the governor is not good. 
 
So the United States Congress -- you won't believe this; please close your ears because this would be -- gave Puerto Rico $92 billion last year for hurricane relief.  No, they haven’t gotten the money, all of it, but they've got a lot of it, but they're scheduled to get.  The Congress of the United States handed them $92 billion.  And that $92 billion is in the hands of incompetent people and very corrupt people.
 
But the governor has done a terrible job.  And the mayor of San Juan has -- she's horrible.  I think she's just terrible.  She's so bad for her people.  And I think the government of the United States -- they have to be careful.
 
I'm the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico because we did a great job in Puerto Rico.  They don’t like to give me the credit for it, but we did a great job.  I have many Puerto Rican friends.  I have a real understanding of Puerto Rico.  I've had jobs in Puerto Rico. 
 
I had -- I think the most successful -- I owned the Miss Universe contests and pageants, and we had them in Puerto Rico twice.  And I'll tell you, we had tremendous successes.  In fact, they said literally 100 percent -- this never happens -- almost -- I think it was close to 100 -- but 100 percent of the island itself was watching.  They liked those pageants. 
 
Now, I've had a great relationship with Puerto Rico.  I'm the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico.  But Congress has given them $92 billion.  Pakistan would like some of that, right?  Ninety-two, not 1.3 -- because Pakistan was getting 1.3.  Ninety-two billion dollars, and the money is squandered and wasted and stolen. 
 
And I'll tell you what: The senators are not happy about it, and Congress is not happy about it.  Because you really do -- you have incompetent -- totally grossly, incompetent leadership at the top of Puerto Rico.  The people of Puerto Rico are great.  And the people of Puerto Rico like me, and they should because nobody has given them what I give them.  But the leadership is corrupt and incompetent.
 
Thank you very much, everybody.
 

                                   END                12:55 P.M. EDT





Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Personnel to Key Administration Posts
 
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:
 
Robert S. Gilchrist, of Florida, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Lithuania.
 
Robert S. Gilchrist is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, and currently serves as the Director of the Operations Center of the Department of State.  Previously, Mr. Gilchrist was Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Sweden, Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Estonia, and the Director of Nordic and Baltic Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.  Among his earlier assignments, Mr. Gilchrist was Deputy Political Counselor at the United States Embassy in Iraq, Chief of the Political Section of the United States Embassy in Romania, and a Special Assistant in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of State.  Mr. Gilchrist earned a B.A. from Wake Forest University, and an M.A. degree from the University of Virginia.  He speaks Spanish, French, Estonian, and Romanian.
 
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Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individual to a key position in his Administration:
 
Carrie Beth Cabelka, of Michigan, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Administration).
 
Carrie Beth Cabelka currently serves as the White House Liaison to the Department of State.  She previously served as White House Liaison and Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from 2007 to 2009, and White House Liaison at the Office of Personnel Management from 2003 to 2007.  Ms. Cabelka began her career working for Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan, followed by roles in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.  While in the private sector, Ms. Cabelka oversaw multimillion-dollar contracts for the Department of Defense, managing public awareness campaigns on health issues that impact service members, veterans and their families, including a special focus on the prevention, treatment, and recovery from traumatic brain injury.  Ms. Cabelka earned a B.A. from Miami University (Ohio).
 
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Bills Presented to the President

Protecting Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2019
Supporting and Treating Officers In Crisis Act of 2019
Effective Prosecution of Possession of Biological Toxins and Agents Act of 2019
Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019



Office of the Press Secretary
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2019


 
EDT
 
12:00PM                    THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in a photo opportunity with members of Team USA for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games 
 
Oval Office
 
Closed Press


1:30PM                     THE PRESIDENT participates in the arrival of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands 
 
Stakeout Location
 
Open Press
 
 
1:35PM                     THE PRESIDENT participates in a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands 
 
Oval Office
 
In-House Pool
 
 
1:55PM                     THE PRESIDENT participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands
 
Cabinet Room
 
Closed Press
 
 
2:35PM                     THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in a flag presentation ceremony
 
East Room
 
In-House Pool 
 
 
2:55PM                     THE PRESIDENT participates in the departure of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands
 
South Portico
 
Closed Press
 
 
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Office of the Press Secretary

Statement by the Press Secretary


Today, Chairman Cummings and Democrats on the House Oversight Committee continued their purely political campaign to harass the President and his close advisors.  Democrats continue to overreach and politicize the Office of Special Counsel – this time, by trying to silence Kellyanne Conway with ill-founded, phony allegations about the Hatch Act.  The Committee clearly knows that under long-standing, bipartisan precedent founded in the Constitution, a President’s senior advisers cannot be compelled to appear before Congress.  Immunity has been asserted for Ms. Conway, which the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel and White House Counsel strongly reaffirmed.  This constitutional protection ensures that future Presidents of the United States can effectively execute their responsibilities of the Office.


View letter from White House Counsel to Chairman Cummings here.
View DOJ Office of Legal Counsel opinion here.
 
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Office of the Press Secretary

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     R. Austin Huffaker, Jr., of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, vice W. Keith Watkins, retired.

     Yuri Kim, of Guam, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Albania.

     Kerry Lee Pettingill, of Oklahoma, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma for the term of four years, vice Patrick J. Wilkerson, term expired.

     Lee Philip Rudofsky, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, vice J. Leon Holmes, retired.

 
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Office of the Press Secretary

Statement from the Press Secretary

 

Yesterday, a single, unelected district judge in Seattle issued an injunction that prevents the government from ensuring the detention of those aliens who cross the border unlawfully until the completion of their immigration court proceedings.  The decision ignores an express statutory prohibition on granting class-wide injunctive relief against enforcement of the immigration laws and also holds unconstitutional a statute passed by bipartisan majorities in Congress during the Clinton administration that specifically prohibits the release of certain immigrants on bond. 

The district court’s injunction is at war with the rule of law.  The decision only incentivizes smugglers and traffickers, which will lead to the further overwhelming of our immigration system by illegal aliens.  No single district judge has legitimate authority to impose his or her open borders views on the country.  We must restore our democracy and ensure Americans have the voice to which they are entitled under our Constitution. 


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Office of the Press Secretary
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND
PRESIDENT BOLSONARO OF THE FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL
BEFORE BILATERAL MEETING
 
International Exhibition Center
Osaka, Japan
    
 
3:31 P.M. JST
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much everybody.  We’re with a gentleman who had one of the greatest election wins anywhere in the world, as far as I’m concerned, and he was very proud of his relationship with President Trump -- President of Brazil.  And he’s a special man -- doing very well, very much loved by the people of Brazil.  And I think we can say that Brazil and the United States are as close or closer as they’ve ever been.  So I just want to welcome you and say thank you very much, my friend.
 
     PRESIDENT BOLSONARO:  (As interpreted.)  Yes, indeed.  Thank you very much.  It gives me great pleasure to be next to you, Mr. President.  I have been a great admirer of you for quite some time, even before your election, and it gives me great honor to be with you. 
 
The two countries we represent have a great deal in common.  We’re two major countries -- great countries -- and, together, can do a great deal to the benefit of our two peoples.  Brazil is endowed with assets that the world does not have, and I will be able to engage in talks with President Trump to establish a full partnership to the (inaudible) development of our nations.
 
     I support Trump.  I support the United States.  I support your upcoming reelection.  And I do hope that you will come to Brazil, and you have an open and standing invitation to visit Brazil, even before the upcoming election, so that we can showcase to the world that politics in Brazil has indeed changed.  And we stand together and ready to work close (inaudible).
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much, Mr. President.  And we will come to Brazil.  And you do have assets that very few countries can even think about -- the assets you have in your land and in your water and in so many other places.  You have some of the great assets in the world.  And it’s a tremendous country with tremendous people, so I look forward to going. 
 
And we’re now talking about a lot of trade.  We’re doing a lot of trade, but we’re doing more now than previously, and we have many things to discuss.  Thank you all for being here.  Thank you very much.
 
     Q    President Trump, are you going to ask Brazil to take sides on the trade war with China?
 
     AIDE:  Excuse me.  Translation -- translation for the President.
 
     (The interpreter for President Bolsonaro speaks.)
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much everybody.
 
     Q    Are you going to ask Brazil to take sides in the trade war with China, President?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, we’re going to have a meeting with President Xi of China tomorrow, as you probably have heard.  There seems to be a rumor about that, and we are indeed, and we look forward to it.  I think it’ll be productive.  And who knows?  But I think it’ll productive.  At a minimum, it will be productive.  We’ll see what happens and what comes out of it. 
 
But we’re doing very well as a country.  The United States is the hottest country in the world right now and -- the economy.  And all of the leaders have come up and said that it’s incredible what’s happened with the United States.  And they congratulate me and they congratulate the people of the United States. 
 
But we are -- we’re a hot country.  We’re doing well.  So we’ll see what happens tomorrow with China.
 
     Q    But how Brazil can help on that?  How Brazil can help on that?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Help on what?
 
     Q    Help on the trade war with China?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Not a question of “help”; it’s a question of whether or not we do something.  And I think we have a very good chance.  We’ll see what happens.  Ultimately, something will happen, and it’ll only be good -- good things happen.
 
     Q    Mr. President, do you expect that President Xi is going to put an offer on the table tomorrow for a trade deal?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We’ll see what happens.  You’re going to know, maybe, before most.  We’ll see what happens tomorrow.  It’ll be a -- it’ll be a very exciting day, I’m sure, for a lot people, including the world.  It’ll be an exciting day.  A lot of people are talking about it, and it’s very interesting.  And it’s going to come out, hopefully, well for both countries.  And ultimately, it will work out.
 
     Q    Have you promised China that you won’t put anymore new tariffs on for another six months?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  No, I haven’t promised.  No.  Good question.  No.
 
     Q    Mr. President, have you discussed Venezuela with President Putin?  And do you intend to discuss it in this meeting?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I discussed -- well, we discussed a lot of things with President Putin.  We had a very good meeting with President Putin.  And we’ll have to see what happens with Venezuela.  Venezuela is a -- we’re behind the free Venezuela 100 percent.  We’ll see what happens.
 
     Q    So did you lose momentum on Venezuela, President Trump?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  No, not at all.  No.  No.  Things take time.  But we’re behind a certain group of people; you know who the people are.  We’re behind the people of Venezuela -- that’s who we’re really behind, more than anything else.  And we’ve been helping them a lot.  We’ve been bringing a lot of food and a lot of medical and a lot of other things to Venezuela. 
 
And we’re working with Colombia very closely -- with Colombia -- to help.  Because, really, it’s a humanitarian crisis.  That just shows what socialism can do.
 
     You know, I’ve been watching the debates a little bit, in between meetings, and I wasn’t impressed.  But when you look at the socialism and you look at what it can do -- that’s what you’re talking about there.  And that’s become like the Socialist Party.  In fact, I heard -- there’s a rumor the Democrats are going to change the name of the party from the “Democrat Party” to the “Socialist Party.”  I’m hearing that.  But let’s see if they do it.
 
     Okay?  Thank you all very much.
 
                              END                 3:39 P.M. JST








Office of the Press Secretary
 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
AND PRESIDENT PUTIN OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
BEFORE BILATERAL MEETING
 
International Exhibition Center
Osaka, Japan
 
 
2:02 P.M. JST
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much everybody.  It's a great honor to be with President Putin, his representatives, my representatives. 
 
We have many things to discuss, including trade, and including some disarmament and some -- a little protectionism, perhaps, in a very positive way.  And we're going to discuss a lot of different things. 
 
We've had great meetings.  We have had a very, very good relationship.  And we look forward to spending some pretty good time together.  A lot of very positive things going to come out of the relationship. 
 
     So, Vladimir, thank you very much.  Thank you.
 
     PRESIDENT PUTIN:  Thank you, Mr. President.
 
(As interpreted.)  Well, I cannot but agree with Mr. President.  We have something to discuss here.  All the topics have been outlined.  We haven’t seen each other since Helsinki meeting, although our teams have been together working and they gave us a great opportunity to follow up on that. 
 
Thank you very much, both teams, for that.  Thank you for your time.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.
 
     Q    Mr. President, will you tell Russia not to meddle in the 2020 election?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Yes, of course, I will. 
 
Don't meddle in the election, President.  Don't meddle in the election.
 
     Q    Mr. President, are the Ukrainian ships still an issue in the relationship?
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We haven’t discussed it.  We haven’t discussed it. 
 
                                        END                 2:06 P.M. JST







Office of the Press Secretary
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP,
PRIME MINISTER ABE OF JAPAN,
AND PRIME MINISTER MODI OF INDIA
BEFORE TRILATERAL MEETING
 
International Exhibition Center
Osaka, Japan
 
 
9:22 A.M. JST
 
    PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  It is indeed a great pleasure that I am able to convene this summit meeting of three countries: Japan, U.S., India.  Three countries. 
 
I think we three countries are the foundation of the peace and prosperity of the region.  Free and open Indo-Pacific is something that we would like to strive toward, and I'd like to have closer coordination among three countries going forward.
 
Donald and Prime Minister Modi, I thank you for your cooperation to enable this summit meeting. 
 
Now, please, Donald.           
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, it's a great honor to be here and with my two very good friends.  We've gotten to know each other very well over the last short period of time.  And you and I are going to be meeting separately after this meeting.        
 
     PRIME MINISTER MODI:  Yes.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  But, Prime Minister Modi, thank you very much.  And congratulations on your great victory.
 
     PRIME MINISTER MODI:  Thank you.
 
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I should say congratulations, really, to both, because Shinzō also had a great victory -- a great electoral victory. 
 
So, congratulations to both of you on the tremendous numbers, tremendous success, and tremendous popularity.
 
     You're doing a great job for your countries.  And I'll see you in a little while.  I look forward to it.
 
     PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  Thank you very much.  Prime Minister Modi.  I won victory in the presidential election of LDP. 
 
And, Prime Minister Modi.
 
PRIME MINISTER MODI:  I am very grateful to you that you have congratulated me for my victory in the elections.  Japan, America, and India: JEI -- J-E-I.  Jai, in Hindi, means "victory." 
 
We are three countries that support democracy, and we met last time in Argentina and we had the opportunity to meet once again.  This new forum -- this forum of ours has received a new impetus, and there is a new faith and confidence in our relations.  And I am sure that we'll have meaningful discussions during our meeting. 
 
We have common interests in the area of Indo-Pacific.  We would like peace and stability in this region.  We are committed to democracy, and therefore we would like a peaceful development and security in this region.
 
America's dream has been to make America great again.  And, in Japan, they have worked on the basis of Abenomics to take Japan to new heights.  And India has called for collective efforts: inclusive growth, (inaudible), and "Make in India."  All our three countries have contributed in some way to the journey to us development in the world.  I'm very grateful to you for hosting this meeting.  Thank you very much.
 
Q    Are you going to talk to Modi about trade?   
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We'll be talking trade.  We'll be talking about trade.
 
Q    On the Japan auto tariffs, will you go ahead with the tariffs on the Japan automakers?
 
PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We have a lot of things to talk about.  It will be very positive.  We have a lot of very positive news.
 
Q    Will you be seeking assurances from Japan and India about Iran?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  We have a lot of things to talk about. 
 
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Office of the Press Secretary
On Monday, June 24, 2019, the President signed into law:
 
 
S. 1379, the "Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019," which reauthorizes and modifies programs related to public health emergency preparedness and response.

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Office of the Press Secretary
NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Daniel Z. Epstein, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years, vice Edward J. Damich, term expired.

     Anthony F. Godfrey, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Serbia.

     Michael Graham, of Kansas, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2025.   (Reappointment)

     Matthew Keenan, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2020, vice Harry James Frankyn Korrell III, term expired.

     John Fitzgerald Kness, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, vice Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, retired.

     Katherine Andrea Lemos, of California, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years, vice Mark A. Griffon, resigned.

     Mary Beth Leonard, of Massachusetts, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

     W. Stephen Muldrow, of Puerto Rico, to be United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico for the term of four years, vice Humberto S. Garcia, resigned.
    
Herro Mustafa, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Bulgaria.

     Halil Suleyman Ozerden, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, vice E. Grady Jolly, retired.

     Eleni Maria Roumel, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years, vice Mary Ellen Coster Williams, term expired.

     Leslie Meredith Tsou, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Sultanate of Oman.

     Justin Reed Walker, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky, vice Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., retired.

WITHDRAWAL SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Robert C. Tapella, of Virginia, to be Director of the Government Publishing Office, vice Davita Vance-Cooks, which was sent to the Senate on January 16, 2019.

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Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

Mark T. Esper of Virginia to be Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Esper is an Army, Pentagon, and Capitol Hill veteran, who is currently serving as the Secretary of the Army and previously served as a Vice President for Government Relations at the Raytheon Company. Mr. Esper began his career as an Infantry Officer in the 101st Airborne Division, serving with distinction in the first Gulf War. He later served on active duty in Europe and on the Army Staff in Washington, D.C., before transitioning to the National Guard and retiring after 21 years of service. He was an airborne ranger and recipient of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medals, among other awards and qualifications. Mr. Esper worked on national security issues on Capitol Hill for Senators Chuck Hagel, Fred Thompson, and Majority Leader Bill Frist. He was also a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations and House Armed Services Committees, and later a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Mr. Esper’s private-sector experience includes service as an Executive Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Policy Director for Fred Thompson for President during the 2008 campaign, and Executive Vice President of the Aerospace Industries Association of America. Mr. Esper is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and George Washington University.

David L. Norquist of Virginia to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Norquist currently performs the duties of the Deputy Secretary of Defense and serves as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Norquist previously served as a Partner with Kearney and Company, a Certified Public Accounting firm. He has 29 years of experience in Federal financial management beginning as a Federal employee in 1989 with the Department of the Army. He has also served on the professional staff of the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, and as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense in the Office of the Comptroller. He was the first Senate-confirmed Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Homeland Security, where he established a formal process to eliminate pervasive weaknesses in DHS’s financial statement and put the Department on its path to a clean audit opinion.  Mr. Norquist attended the University of Michigan, where he received both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy. He also received a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.  He is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).

Ryan D. McCarthy of Illinois to be Secretary of the Army.

Mr. McCarthy most recently served as the Under Secretary of the Army. Prior to his service in the Administration, Mr. McCarthy served as the Vice President of the Sustainment Program for the F-35 Program at the Lockheed Martin Corporation. At Lockheed Martin, he has held a variety of roles on the F-35 Program and at the Corporate Office. In addition, he served as Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and as a professional staff member on the House Committee on International Relations. Earlier in his career, he worked as the Vice President of Commercial Financing for the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Corporation and proudly served in the 75th Ranger Regiment during the invasion of Afghanistan. McCarthy is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and has a Master in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
 
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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: 
SUPPORT FOR THE UNITED STATES-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT 

Governors

 

Letter from 28 State Governors: “As governors, we support smart and strategic trade agreements that promote economic growth in our states and expand opportunities for our workers, farmers, and manufacturers.  Nearly 25 years after the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it is time to update our trade policies with two of our most critical trading partners.  The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a comprehensive, 21st Century trade agreement that protects workers across the nation, establishes a level playing field among the United States and our partners, and encourages free and fair trade.”

Former Governor Tom Vilsack (D-IA): “Having this agreement pass creates optimism, creates hopefulness about the future, which is really important, which is incredibly important for agriculture and for the food industry, to have that optimism that things are going to be better. This isn’t about giving President Trump a victory. It’s about giving the farmers in this room a victory,” Vilsack said. “It’s about giving all the people who are connected to the food and agriculture industry a victory. It’s about giving the American economy a victory.”

Former Governor Tom Corbett (R-PA): “There is clearly much on the line for Pennsylvania when it comes to a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. Over 42,000 jobs rely on trade with Mexico and Canada and this deal will allow for the creation of even more export-related jobs here in Pennsylvania. That’s why passing a new deal must be about jobs, not a political party’s agenda. Members on both sides of the aisle need to work together to get this passed as soon as possible.”

Former Governor Jim Hodges (D-SC) and Former Governor George Allen (R-VA): “Although we affiliate with different political parties, one thing that should always bring us together is the opportunity to secure and preserve American prosperity. That’s why we’re coming together, having served as governors from different states and different parties, in support of the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. […] Congress should proceed with a robust debate on the agreement as soon as possible. We must end the trade and tariff disputes that are harming American farmers and most manufacturing workers, as well as leading to many higher prices for American consumers. No agreement is perfect, but—as the two of us know—good compromise is found when both sides cede on some things, come out from their corners and meet in the middle. We need lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to come together and ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement to secure the future of our states and the future of our country.”

Former Governor Howard Dean (D-VT): “Or consider how USMCA would boost wages for workers in the auto industry, which supports over 7 million U.S. jobs. To receive duty-free treatment under USMCA, 75 percent of a vehicle’s value must originate in North America, up from the current 62.5 percent requirement under NAFTA. This change would create more jobs at auto-parts suppliers. USMCA also requires nearly half of all car parts to be made by workers earning at least $16 an hour. That provision would ensure American manufacturing workers earn strong wages. This deal has the strongest labor provisions of any U.S. trade agreement in history. It requires all three countries to protect labor rights recognized by the International Labor Organization. It also makes it easier for Mexican workers to form unions and collectively bargain. That’ll help American workers by raising wages and benefits in Mexico -- thereby making it less attractive for U.S. companies to shift production and operations to our southern neighbor.”

Former Governor Gary Locke (D-WA): “Congress will soon vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a landmark trade pact finalized by all three nations last November,” former Democratic Governor of Washington Gary Locke writes. USMCA is a “historic win for workers,” Locke says. “It would guarantee fairer pay through wage requirements, ensure safe working environments, and strengthen workers’ rights to unionize for better benefits.”

Letter from State Lieutenant Governors: “As lieutenant governors, one of our main responsibilities is to promote economic growth, and under the new provisions renegotiated in the USMCA, we believe this agreement will benefit all our states and improve trade conditions for the business community . . . We believe the USMCA deal provides American workers and farmers with the necessary protections and framework for robust economic growth in the 21st century. We urge the passage of this trade deal and remain able and ready to promote its achievements.”


State Legislators


Alabama State Legislative Resolution: By this resolution, we memorialize the Congress of the United States to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, USMCA, in order to ensure continuity in trade among the three North American economic partners.”

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-AL): “Alabama dairy, poultry, and other farmers will have access to foreign markets. The USMCA also requires more car parts to be assembled in the United States, which will benefit Alabama’s growing auto manufacturer sector. This mutually beneficial trade deal can help continue the robust growth we have had in the last few years, and I urge Congress to approve it as fast as possible.”

Alaska State Legislative Resolution: “By signing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Canada, Mexico, and the United States have agreed to make targeted improvements to the North American Free Trade Agreement that build on their enormously successful partnership and shared competitiveness in the global marketplace … the Alaska State Legislature supports the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and urges the United States Congress to ratify the agreement as soon as possible.”

Arkansas State Legislative Resolution: The House of Representatives encourage the United States Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in order to ensure continuity in trade between the three North American economic partners.”

Arizona State Legislative Resolution: “A seamless transition between the current NAFTA and the newly negotiated USMCA will ensure that none of the benefits of continuity in trade accomplished by the integration of the three North American economies will be lost…the Senate of the State of Arizona prays that the United States Congress ratify the newly negotiated USMCA to ensure continuity in trade among the three North American partners.”

Florida Legislators: A group of over 30 Florida legislators wrote - “The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade deal is a positive move for Floridians. This trade deal provides support for new innovations and advances in agriculture and technology. USMCA creates tremendous positive impact for Florida’s workers and opens up markets for American farmers.”

Idaho State Legislative Resolution: “We support the ratification of USMCA and urge Congress to ratify the agreement as soon as possible.”

Iowa State Legislative Resolution: “The Iowa General Assembly recognizes that a multilateral trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico will strengthen Iowa’s economy and benefit Iowa’s farmers and workers, and urges Congress to enact legislation to implement such a multilateral trade agreement.”

Maine House Minority Leader Kathleen Dillingham (R-ME): “Given our unique geographic position, a fair free trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada is important to the health of Maine . . . I also want to lend my support for the Agreement as a way to improve on the NAFTA and ensure everyone in North America benefits from open markets.”

Michigan State Legislative Resolution: “The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) creates a 21st Century trade agreement for North America. The renegotiated USMCA has provisions favorable to U.S. autoworkers that would help level the playing field between U.S. and Mexican autoworkers. The updated agreement is also more beneficial to the agricultural sector than NAFTA and will offer a higher degree of certainty and stability to Michigan farmers. The new IP provisions are the most comprehensive of any multilateral U.S. trade agreement and are vastly superior to those included in NAFTA.”

Minnesota Legislators: “Minnesota has a vested interest in the ratification of this historic agreement. It would strengthen a relationship that is already vital to our economy. Minnesota enjoys vibrant agriculture, small business, and manufacturing communities that will be strengthened through the USMCA. In 2017 alone, Minnesota’s exports to our North American neighbors totaled $6.7 billion.”

Montana State Legislative Resolution: “The Montana Legislature supports the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade by all countries as soon as possible.”

North Carolina State Legislative Resolution: “The General Assembly memorializes the Congress of the United States to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in order to ensure continuity in trade among the three North American economic partners.”

Pennsylvania State Legislative Resolution: “RESOLVED (the Senate concurring), That the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania urge . . . the Congress of the United States to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade by all countries as soon as possible.”

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-PA): “Great to have @VP in PA today to talk about #USMCA. This trade deal will help create more jobs for PA workers!”

State Representative John Hershey (R-PA): “#USMCA would be a huge win for PA manufacturers and farmers, many of which are in the 82nd district. THANK YOU, @VP, for coming to PA and hearing our concerns!”

South Carolina State Legislative Resolution: “Be it resolved by the House of Representatives . . . by this resolution, memorialize the Congress of the United States to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement USMCA in order to ensure continuity in trade among the three North American economic partners.”

Tennessee State Legislative Resolution: This General Assembly thanks President Trump for his work in negotiating the USMCA to help improve international competitiveness and fair trade and strengthen the economies of all nations involved in this trade agreement…we praise President Trump for his work in negotiating the landmark United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and his ongoing support of American businesses, workers, and farmers.”

Texas Legislators: A group of over 75 Texas legislators wrote – “The trade landscape has shifted over the past two decades, and we are calling upon Congress to take immediate action to shape the future of global trade and provide a platform of modernization that will encourage fair market access, protections for workers, and the ability to further innovate under a collaborative agreement that is designed for the 21st Century. The USMCA positions our country for this next chapter and also allows Texas to continue to lead.”

Washington Legislators: Over 30 Washington legislators wrote – “Continued, uninterrupted trade with Canada and Mexico is vital to Washington State’s economy and to the jobs that support thousands of our citizens and their families. That is why we believe the USMCA is one of the most important agreements for the economic viability of Washington State.”

Wisconsin State Legislative Resolution: “It is especially important to have a solid trade relationship with Mexico and Canada, and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement would strengthen these relationships, and expand opportunities for Wisconsin exporters.”


County and Municipal Officials


Association of California Cities-Orange County: “The Association is pleased to support the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). We strongly believe that access to fair and balanced trade will improve access to good middle-class jobs and strengthen the nation’s economy; thereby improving the lives of all Americans.”

California County Supervisors: A coalition of Supervisors from Fresno, King, Tehama, and Tulare Counties wrote – “We appreciate the Administration’s efforts to assist the agricultural industry in California. Our growers continue to provide the safest and most reliable supply of food and fiber in the world and do so with the highest production costs and highest regulatory standards. Through aggressive investment and implementation of cutting edge technology, we have created a significant economic driver for our local and global economy. Our growers need free and fair trade and encourage the timely approval and implementation of the USMCA.”

Del Norte County, California Board of Supervisors: “Del Norte County is ready, willing and able to compete in a world market that looks out for the United States best interests for free and fair trade. Our County encourages timely implementation of the USMCA.”

Merced County, California Board of Supervisors: “As we continue to work toward an agreement that allows for the fair and profitable trade of goods throughout North America, the Merced County Board of Supervisors is hopeful that Congress will also recognize the value of this proposal to help implement it in a timely fashion.”

Coalition of 25 Mississippi Mayors: “We, the undersigned Mayors in Mississippi urge Congress to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to rebalance and modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement into a 21st century, high standard trade deal, and to better serve the interests of American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses, and support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America.”

Fulton County, New York Resolution: “Rebalancing the terms and conditions originally contained in NAFTA is in the best interest of residents and businesses of New York and the United States in general…the Board of Supervisors herby supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and urges its representatives in Congress to pursue swift ratification.”

Herkimer County, New York Resolution: “The Herkimer County Legislature herby supports passage of the Unite States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and urges its representatives in Congress to pursue swift ratification.”

Coos County, Oregon Board of Commissioners: “To be able to continue trade with Canada and Mexico is vital to Oregon State’s economy and to the jobs that support the tens of thousands of members in our county. For those families, as well as companies, we believe the USMCA is one of the most important agreements for the economic future of the State of Oregon.”

Bexar County, Texas Resolution: “The Bexar County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to support mutually beneficial trade between the three [Canada and Mexico] countries.”

Borden County, Texas Resolution: “The Borden County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of Borden County and the State of Texas.”

Cooke County, Texas Resolution: “The Cooke County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of Cooke County and the State of Texas.”

Cottle County, Texas Resolution: “The Cottle County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of Cottle County and the State of Texas.”

Deaf Smith County, Texas Resolution: “The Deaf Smith County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of Deaf Smith County and the State of Texas.”

Falls County, Texas Resolution: “The Falls County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of Falls County and the State of Texas.”

Hill County, Texas Resolution: “The Hill County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of Hill County and the State of Texas.”

Hutchinson County, Texas Resolution: “The Hutchinson County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of Hutchinson County and the State of Texas.”

McLennan County, Texas Resolution: “The Commissioners Court of McLennan County supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of McLennan County and the State of Texas.”

Montague County, Texas Resolution: “The Montague County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of Montague County and the State of Texas.”

Polk County, Texas Resolution: “The Polk County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of Polk County and the State of Texas.”

San Patricio County, Texas Resolution: “The San Patricio County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of San Patricio County and the State of Texas.”

Waller County, Texas Resolution: “The Waller County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of Waller County and the State of Texas.”

Young County, Texas Resolution: “The Young County Commissioners Court supports the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the United States Congress in order to help secure the future prosperity of Young County and the State of Texas.”

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R-AL): “International trade is critically important for our local economy. It means investments and jobs, which translate into new opportunities for our citizens. I support ratification for USMCA.”

Merced Mayor Michael Murphy (Unaffiliated-CA): “On behalf of the City of Merced, I am pleased to lend my support to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). As a community that relies heavily on the agriculture industry for jobs and economic development, Merced is keenly aware of the impacts that agricultural trade can have on local economies.”

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R-CA): “Free trade works, and we need to pass the USMCA to keep goods and services moving between San Diego and other border cities.”

Sanibel Councilman Jason Maughan (R-FL): “Florida’s export of Made-in-America products alone is nearly $60 Billion Dollars per year. The continuation of this strong trade relationship with the World guarantees hundreds of thousands of American jobs in Florida. Your determined negotiation of the USMCA has protected those jobs and allowed Business to flourish without suffering unfair and unjust trade restrictions from foreign governments.”

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs (I-MS): “The USMCA is a must for Vicksburg; it is a must for Mississippi; and, most importantly, it is a must for future prosperity of our great nation.”

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (D, NY): “The ability of Erie County’s dairy farmers to access the Canadian market is a true success for the revised trade agreement and the deal should be ratified by Congress, the Canadian Parliament, and the Mexican Congress of the Union.”

Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz (D-TX) on behalf of the Texas Border Coalition:“International trade under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) framework has been absolutely critical to the economic prosperity of the border region, the state of Texas and the entire United States. We support improvements to the NAFTA framework as proposed in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).”

San Antonio Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran (D-TX): “I am aware of how our local economy has benefitted from the passage of NAFTA, benefits which include the creation of 63,000 jobs between 1994 and 2016. It’s critical that Congress ratify the USMCA so our small and mid-businesses can benefit.”

Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander (D-VA): “The City of Norfolk serves as a global gateway for the import and export of freight in the United States and has a strong partnership with The Port of Virginia. The Port serves as a driving economic engine for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation with 374,000 jobs, or 9.4 percent of the state’s resident workforce, working in port-related jobs . . . The USMCA will support our continuing growth and provide mutually beneficial trade with our partners, leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth for the City of Norfolk.”

 

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Office of the Press Secretary

TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
 
 
June 14, 2019
 
 
 

Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
 
On February 17, 2019, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) transmitted to me a report on his investigation into the effects of imports of automobiles and certain automobile parts on the national security of the United States under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862).
 
On May 17, 2019, I concurred with the Secretary's finding that automobiles and certain automobile parts are being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States.  I took action under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, to direct the United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) to pursue negotiation of agreements contemplated in 19 U.S.C. 1862(c)(3)(A)(i) to address the threatened impairment of the national security with respect to imported automobiles and certain automobile parts from the European Union, Japan, and any other country the Trade Representative deems appropriate.  I directed the Trade Representative to update me on the progress of such negotiations within 180 days.  In my judgment, these negotiations are necessary and appropriate in light of the many factors I have considered, including the Secretary's report, decreases in American-owned producers' share of the global automobile market over the past three decades, a reduction in American-owned producers' ability to fund necessary research and development (R&D), the criticality of American-owned automotive R&D and manufacturing to national security, and the expected effect of the recently negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
 
I also directed the Secretary to continue to monitor imports of automobiles and certain automobile parts and, from time to time, in consultation with any senior executive branch officials the Secretary deems appropriate, to review the status of such imports with respect to the national security.  The Secretary will inform me of any circumstances that in his opinion might indicate the need for me to take further action under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended.
 

 

 

Sincerely,                            

 

 

           DONALD J. TRUMP

 

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DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019
 
 EDT

12:30PM                     THE PRESIDENT has lunch with the Secretary of State
 
Private Dining Room
 
Closed Press
 
 
1:45PM                       THE PRESIDENT meets with the Secretary of Education
 
Oval Office
 
Closed Press
 
 
3:30PM                      THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on expanding health coverage options for small businesses and workers
 
Rose Garden
 
Open Press
 
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada

 

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to the White House on June 20, 2019. The visit will reaffirm America’s deep partnership with Canada, and allow the two leaders to address opportunities and challenges related to expanding bilateral cooperation.  President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau will discuss the shared economic interests of their countries, including the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and opportunities to drive more growth and create jobs in both the United States and Canada.  The two leaders will also discuss the upcoming G20 Summit, which will take place from June 28 to 29 in Osaka, Japan.

 

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NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     David B. Barlow, of Utah, to be United States District Judge for the District of Utah, vice Clark Waddoups, retired.

     Carl Whitney Bentzel, of Maryland, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for the term expiring June 30, 2024, vice Mario Cordero, resigned.

     Robert Anthony Molloy, of the Virgin Islands, to be Judge for the District Court of the Virgin Islands for a term of ten years, vice Curtis V. Gomez, term expired.

     Ashley Jay Elizabeth Poling, of North Carolina, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for a term expiring November 22, 2024, vice Nanci E. Langley, term expired.

     Fernando L.G. Sablan, of Guam, to be United States Marshal for the District of Guam and concurrently United States Marshal for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands for the term of four years, vice Frank Leon-Guerrero, term expired.

     Kevin Ray Sweazea, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico, vice Robert C. Brack, retired.

WITHDRAWALS SENT TO THE SENATE:

     Louis DeJoy, of North Carolina, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation for a term expiring December 17, 2020, vice James M. Demers, term expired, which was sent to the Senate on January 16, 2019.

     Jeffrey Nadaner, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, vice David W. Mills, retired, which was sent to the Senate on January 16, 2019.

 

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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP SECURES A HISTORIC DEAL WITH MEXICO TO COMBAT THE CRISIS AT THE BORDER

Opinion writers and commentators are praising President Trump’s historic deal with Mexico to address the surge of migrants flooding across our southern border.  


NEW YORK POST EDITORIAL BOARD: Trump’s Big Win on Mexico and Immigration

“All the hysteria over President Trump’s latest tariff threat to Mexico proved wrong Friday, as the two sides reached a deal that gave Trump what he’d demanded: much more vigorous cooperation in stopping illegal Central American migrants from travelling 1,200-plus miles across Mexico to sneak into the United States.”

FORMER ACTING DIRECTOR OF ICE TOM HOMAN ON FOX NEWS: Trump Deserves Our Thanks for Migrant Agreement with Mexico

“The agreement President Trump announced Friday night between the U.S. and Mexico on tariffs and immigration is an achievement that has eluded past presidents. He deserves the thanks and gratitude of all Americans – but of course, he won’t get it. After threatening to impose tariffs on everything Mexico exports to the U.S., Trump got Mexico to agree to finally take greater action to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S. Trump then suspended imposition of U.S. tariffs on our southern neighbor.”

NATIONAL BORDER PATROL COUNCIL PRESIDENT BRANDON JUDD ON FOX NEWS: Trump and America Are Winners by Getting Mexico to Intensify Fight Against Illegal Immigration

“Against nearly insurmountable odds, President Trump proved his critics wrong once again by getting Mexico to agree Friday to step up its efforts to reduce illegal immigration to the U.S. This is a victory not just for the president but for the U.S., because it will strengthen our national security and uphold the rule of law.”

STEVE CORTES IN REALCLEAR POLITICS: Disruptor-in-Chief Shows How to Win With Mexico

“He took decisive executive action that forced the Mexican government to honor its obligations and respect the sovereignty of our land.  After all, if Mexico or any other country wants access to the crown jewel of global commerce -- the American consumer market -- then it must act as a responsible partner.  Our nation seeks prosperity and friendship with all nations, but will not be abused.”

HUGH HEWITT IN THE WASHINGTON POST: Trump’s Big Win Leaves Critics Sputtering

“Because President Trump emerges as a clear winner from his week-long confrontation with Mexico over our neighbor’s lax enforcement of its southern border, reflexive Trump critics will scramble to find some way of containing what is a clear Trump triumph, which came with assists by Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who conducted the key negotiations.”

STEVE HILTON ON FOX NEWS: Trump Proves that Tariffs Work. Here Are the Lessons We Should Learn

“Last week we saw proof that tariffs work. President Trump threatened tariffs on Mexico. Their leaders came to negotiate, and we got concrete results.”

TOM DEL BECCARO ON FOX NEWS: Trump Proven Right Again, as Tariff Threat Prompts Mexico to Act Against Illegal Immigration

“President Trump proved his doubters wrong once again. While the Democratic Congress refused to fund serious border protection, Trump went his own way and crafted a deal. … He found a promising way to decrease illegal immigration.”

 
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Office of the Press Secretary

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Signing of H.R. 2157 – Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019
 

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed into law H.R. 2157, the “Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019.”  This critical bipartisan legislation provides $19.1 billion to help Americans recover from the catastrophic disasters that have struck the Nation in the past three years.  The Act includes $4.5 billion to the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for agricultural-related losses, emergency timber restoration, farmland repair, and watershed recovery work to help our great American farmers and ranchers.  It also provides $3.3 billion for the Corps of Engineers to repair damages caused by natural disasters, to invest in new flood and storm damage reduction projects, and to make the Nation more resilient to future natural disasters.  Additionally, the Department of Defense will receive $2.7 billion to repair and replace certain installations.  This bill also includes other critical funding, such as $1.6 billion to the Department of Transportation for the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program and additional resources for wildfire suppression activities conducted by the United States Forest Service. 
 
President Trump is committed to securing funding for and improving the implementation of policies that mitigate the risk natural disasters pose to communities and make the Nation’s recovery from disasters vastly more effective.  The Administration looks forward to working with both chambers of Congress as rapidly as possible to address the equally vital Fiscal Year 2019 Emergency Supplemental Budget Request for southern border humanitarian needs.