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President Trump is Working to Rebuild Rural America

President Trump is working to keep another one of his Campaign promises to rebuild rural America and take care of our Farmers!

From The Office of The White House

Our farmers deserve a government that serves their interest and empowers them to do the hard work that they love to do so much.

-President Donald J. Trump

RURAL AMERICA HAS BEEN LEFT BEHIND:

President Donald J. Trump has charged the Rural Prosperity Task Force with examining the challenges facing rural America.

• Rural employment has grown slower than employment in urban areas, and was the slowest to recover from the recession.

• Many Americans living in rural communities continue to face barriers that prevent them from attaining the quality of life they deserve.

• Poverty rates are disproportionately high in many rural communities.

• Access to adequate transportation is a hindrance to many rural Americans.

• Insufficient access to medical care means health problems can be exceptionally hard to overcome for Americans living in rural areas.

• Too many rural Americans do not have necessary broadband access needed to engage in the modern economy.

• According to the Federal Communications Commission, 39 percent of rural Americans, or 23 million people, lack sufficient broadband access.

• Insufficient broadband networks in rural areas leave many Americans without access to services such as telemedicine and long distance learning.

• High costs of deployment have kept commercial internet providers from installing equipment in rural areas.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO RURAL PROSPERITY:

President Trump’s Rural Prosperity Task Force has proposed recommendations to help rural America grow and thrive.

• President Trump established the Rural Prosperity Task Force on April 25, 2017, to identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes needed to help secure a prosperous future for rural America.

• The Task Force is chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and includes local leaders and representatives from 22 Federal departments and agencies.

• The Task Force identified more than 100 actions centering on five key areas that can help achieve a better future for rural America.

Connectivity for rural America:

Electronic connectivity is essential for rural communities to succeed. To ensure rural American can compete, the report recommends:

• assessing the current state and effectiveness of rural connectivity and supporting programs;

• establishing a leadership team among the White House and various departments to ensure better access to electronic connectivity; and

• cutting red tape to encourage investment in high-speed internet.

Quality of Life Improvement:

In order to achieve prosperity, rural Americans must have a high quality of life. To improve quality of life, the report recommends:

• targeting rural areas for transportation investment using current programs;

• establishing public-private partnerships to help rural Americans complete an education; and

• expediting infrastructure and technology investment in electric and water utilities for rural communities.

Support for a Rural Workforce:

Every rural community needs job opportunities for its residents and rural businesses need qualified workers. To increase the availability of qualified workers, the report recommends:

• expanding apprenticeship programs, particularly in healthcare and trade industries;

• centralizing access to Federal job training programs and encouraging agencies to partner with the Department of Agriculture to host programs at local offices; and

• improving the H-2A program through new policies and regulatory changes.

Harnessing Technological Innovation:

Continued American leadership in agricultural production and productivity will require leveraging emerging technologies across American farmlands. To promote innovation, the report recommends:

• developing best practices to better leverage big data collection and analysis for agricultural applications;

• expediting FAA regulatory waiver approvals for low-altitude unmanned aircraft system flights in rural environments; and

• modernizing and streamlining a science-based regulatory policy to expedite the commercialization of safe biotechnology products.

Rural Economic Development:

By empowering rural economies, we empower America’s economy. To develop rural economies, the report recommends:

• creating an online Rural Prosperity Portal to help facilitate investment in rural communities;

• removing regulatory barriers to develop and access natural resources in rural areas; and

• increasing access to capital in rural communities by identifying projects for private investment.

REBUILDING RURAL AMERICA:

President Trump’s Administration will build on existing projects and efforts to support rural America.

• On November 6, 2017, the Department of Agriculture announced it will invest more than $200 million to help bring broadband to rural communities.

• President Trump’s Department of Agriculture has announced it will invest $2.5 billion in electric infrastructure improvements in rural areas.

• In fiscal year 2017, the Department of Agriculture provided more than $1 billion to help improve access to health care for rural Americans.

• This $1 billion helped 2.5 million Americans living in rural communities in 41 States.

• The Department of Agriculture invested more than $40 million to improve infrastructure in rural America in fiscal year 2017.

• President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, which will provide needed tax cuts to America’s farmers.

• Most farms are organized as pass-through businesses, which will benefit from both lower tax rates across the board and a 20 percent deduction in their taxable income.

• The vast majority of family farms will be exempt from the estate tax.

• Farmers will be able expense 100 percent of their capital investments, such as equipment, over the next four years.

Watch as President Trump delivers remarks at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention.

Trump administration announces plans to dramatically expand offshore drilling

The United States will finally be unleashing our full potential, cutting our dependency on foreign oil and kicking the economy into overdrive!

The Trump administration announced Thursday it is planning to dramatically expand offshore drilling, opening almost all U.S. coastal waters to potential oil and gas exploration and development.

The Interior Department is proposing 47 possible auctions of drilling rights in stretches of the U.S. outer continental shelf. This includes the Pacific Ocean near California and the Atlantic Ocean near Maine.

‘It Was Mind-Blowing’ Trump Supporters Get Surprise Invite Into Mar-a-Lago to Meet President

President Trump gave a group of supporters gathered on the side of the road a surprise invite to see the inside of Mar-a-Lago Saturday.

A group of Trump supporters who gathered in Palm Beach, Florida, over the weekend to welcome the president to Mar-a-Lago got the surprise of a lifetime when they were invited to visit President Trump’s private club.

One of those Trump supporters, Donald Tarca Jr., explained on “Fox & Friends” that about 16 of them had gathered at an intersection on Saturday to watch Trump’s motorcade pass by.

About 20 minutes after the motorcade passed the sign-waving crowd, a van stopped near them and a Secret Service agent said Trump would like to meet the group at Mar-a-Lago.

Two vans brought them to the club where they had the opportunity to pose for group and individual photographs with the president.

Tarca said that when he had a chance to speak to Trump, he told him about how the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) had negatively impacted him.

“He was so nice, and it was so comfortable to talk to him,” Tarca said. “It really was like talking to an uncle you’ve known forever.”

“It stunned me,” “I didn’t know what to think.”

“He couldn’t have been more down to earth,” Mary Tulko explained. “He was just really nice.”

Trump treated his guests to snacks and gave a history lesson about the Florida estate.

The president’s invited guests were not high-powered donors, but members of the “Trump squad”—a faithful band of local Floridians who stand under the Southern Boulevard bridge in Palm Beach waving signs and banners in support of the president, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Trump had been at his Palm Beach property for Christmas and the New Year’s holiday.

“I was honored that the president, the most powerful man in the world, noticed us and invited us back. It was mind-blowing, and it is a day that this ‘deplorable’ will never forget, that we the people do matter,” supporter Donald Tarca Jr. told Fox & Friends.

President Trump Proclaims January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

President Trump cracks down on Modern slavery and Human trafficking, signing two Bills on Friday that will combat them. Why haven’t CNN or MSNBC covered this story?

From The Office of The White House

During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement.  Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation.  It has no place in our world.  This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality.  We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.

Human trafficking is a sickening crime at odds with our very humanity.  An estimated 25 million people are currently victims of human trafficking for both sex and labor.  Human traffickers prey on their victims by promising a life of hope and greater opportunity, while delivering only enslavement.  Instead of delivering people to better lives, traffickers unjustifiably profit from the labor and toil of their victims, who they force — through violence and intimidation — to work in brothels and factories, on farms and fishing vessels, in private homes, and in countless industries.

My Administration continues to work to drive out the darkness human traffickers cast upon our world.  In February, I signed an Executive Order to dismantle transnational criminal organizations, including those that perpetuate the crime of human trafficking.

My Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons has enhanced collaboration with other nations, businesses, civil society organizations, and survivors of human trafficking.

The Department of Health and Human Services has established a new national training and technical assistance center to strengthen our healthcare industry’s anti-trafficking response.

The Department of State has contributed $25 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, because of the critical need for cross-nation collaborative action to counter human trafficking.

The Department of Labor has released an innovative, business-focused mobile app that supports private-sector efforts to eradicate forced labor from global supply chains.  And this month, I will sign into law S. 1536, the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act and S. 1532, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act.

These bills will keep those who commit trafficking offenses from operating commercial vehicles, improve anti-human trafficking coordination within Federal agencies and across State and local governments, and improve efforts to recognize, prevent, and report human trafficking.

In addition to these governmental actions, Americans must learn how to identify and combat the evil of enslavement.  This is especially important for those who are most likely to encounter the perpetrators of slavery and their victims, including healthcare providers, educators, law enforcement officials, and social services professionals.

Through the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign, all Americans can learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking and how to report suspected instances.

By taking steps to become familiar with the telltale signs of traffickers or the signals of their victims, Americans can save innocent lives.

Our Nation is and will forever be a place that values and protects human life and dignity.  This month, let us redouble our efforts to ensure that modern day slavery comes to its long overdue end.

Official Proclamation:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1, 2018.  I call upon industry associations, law enforcement, private businesses, faith-based and other organizations of civil society, schools, families, and all Americans to recognize our vital roles in ending all forms of modern slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities aimed at ending and preventing all forms of human trafficking.

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

DONALD J. TRUMP

President Donald J. Trump: Year One of Making America Great Again

The Ultimate Guide to President Trumps accomplishments in his first Year in Office.

“From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears; inspired by the future, not bound by the failures of the past; and guided by our vision, not blinded by our doubts”.

-President Donald J. Trump

From The Office Of The White House

JUMPSTARTING AMERICA’S WORKERS AND ECONOMIC ENGINE:

President Trump has put the American economy into high-gear, creating jobs and increasing wealth.

• Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed historic tax cuts and relief for hardworking Americans not seen since President Reagan.

• The Tax Cuts Act provides $5.5 trillion in tax cuts, of which $3.2 trillion, or nearly 60 percent, goes to families.

• A typical family of four earning $75,000 will save more than $2,000 in income tax cuts.

• The Tax Cuts Act nearly doubles the standard deduction.

• The vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page.

• The Tax Cuts Act will repeal Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate.

• The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate increased at or above 3 percent for two quarters in a row for the first time in three years.

• Third quarter GDP growth rate was 3.2 percent.

• Second quarter GDP growth rate was 3.1 percent.

• During President Trump’s first year, nearly 1.7 million new jobs have been created and the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate in nearly 17 years.

• The manufacturing industry has created 159,000 jobs.

• The mining and logging industry has created 57,000 jobs.

• Thirteen states have reached record low unemployment rates.

• The Dow Jones Industrial Average index has hit record highs more than 60 times under President Trump, including closing higher than 24,000 points for the first time in its history.

• Since President Trump’s election, more than $5 trillion in wealth has been added to the U.S. economy.

• Economic confidence has rebounded to record highs under President Trump as his pro-growth policies have and continue to put American workers and businesses first.

• The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index rose in November to a 17-year high of 129.5.

• The National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Index had the highest annual average in its history.

• President Trump signed an Executive Order on expanding apprenticeships, recognizing the need for more quality alternatives to four-year college degrees.

• The Executive Order sets in motion a new process that will make it easier for businesses to create and scale apprenticeship programs, providing many more Americans access to an affordable education that leads to a good-paying job.

• President Trump signed a Memorandum directing the Secretary of Education to prioritize STEM education with a particular focus on computer science.

• Leading private sector technology companies and organizations pledged over $300 million to amplify the President’s computer science initiative.

• The Trump Administration has prioritized the economic empowerment of women as a key element of our commitment to economic growth and gender equality.

• This year, the Small Business Administration has lent approximately $500 million more than last year in capital to women-owned businesses.

ENDING JOB KILLING REGULATIONS:

President Trump is rolling back wasteful and costly regulations that have stood in the way of hardworking Americans.

• In order to control regulatory costs, President Trump signed an Executive Order mandating that two regulations must be eliminated for every one created.

• President Trump’s Administration surpassed the 2:1 ratio, eliminating 22 regulations for every new regulation.

• In FY 2017, President Trump’s Administration saved over $8.1 billion in lifetime regulatory costs.

• President Trump has signed 15 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, more than any other president, ending burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations.

• By announcing our intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, President Trump protected America from a bad deal that would have harmed America’s economy and workers

• According to a study by NERA Economic Consulting, implementing the Obama Administration’s plan under the Paris Climate Agreement could have cost the United States economy nearly $3 trillion and 6.5 million industrial sector jobs by 2040.

• President Trump signed an Executive Order with the goal of dramatically reducing the time for permit approvals for infrastructure projects from up to 10 years to an average of 2 years.

• President Trump eliminated the Obama Administration’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which unfairly targeted the coal industry with estimated costs of $81 million a year.

PROMOTING FAIR AND RECIPROCAL TRADE:

President Trump is putting America first in trade so American workers aren’t put at a disadvantage.

• One of President Trump’s first actions was to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, advancing his agenda to protect American workers.

• The Trump Administration has begun renegotiations of trade agreements that have contributed to the U.S. trade deficit and harmed American workers.

• Renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement are underway to modernize the deal so all countries benefit from it.

• President Trump has worked to bring foreign investment back to the United States so more goods are made in America by American workers.

• South Korean companies announced 64 projects that will invest more than $17 billion in the United States over four years and will purchase $58 billion in goods and services.

• Foxconn announced it was investing $10 billion in Wisconsin to build a factory that will employ thousands of workers directly and up to 22,000 workers indirectly.

• Toyota and Mazda announced a $1.6 billion investment in a new manufacturing plant in the United States that will create an estimated 4,000 jobs.

• At the White House, Broadcom Limited announced they were moving their headquarters back to the United States, bringing $20 billion in annual revenue.

• President Trump has worked to promote the sale of more American products abroad.

• On his first overseas trip, President Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia oversaw the signing of a historic $400 billion in deals between U.S. and Saudi companies.

• The Trump Administration has made enforcement of U.S. trade laws a top priority and has already made significant progress.

• To defend U.S. national security interests, President Trump blocked a foreign company from acquiring a U.S. business for only the fourth time in history.

• Since President Trump was sworn into office, the Department of Commerce has initiated 79 antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) investigations.

• The U.S. Trade Representative self-initiated a Section 301 investigation into whether Chinese policies, acts, and practices related to technology transfer, licensing, and intellectual property are unreasonable or discriminatory. This is the first use of Section 301 since 2001.

• President Trump delivered on his promise to roll back the Obama Administration’s bad deal on Cuba, which benefitted the Cuban regime at the expense of the Cuban people.

ADVANCING AMERICAN ENERGY DOMINANCE:

President Trump is reversing years of policies that locked-up American energy and restricted our ability to sell to other countries.

• The Department of the Interior is planning to auction off leases for nearly 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling starting in March, the largest offering ever.

• President Trump signed an Executive Order to expand offshore oil and gas drilling and to reissue a leasing program to develop offshore resources.

• President Trump has acted aggressively to increase exports of our energy resources to the global market.

• New guidance will allow financing for coal and other fossil energy projects, which will increase access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy around the world.

• The Administration streamlined Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal permitting, including the Lake Charles LNG terminal.

• Under the Trump Administration, our allies have received, and will continue to receive, American LNG exports, which will prevent dependence on single suppliers.

• President Trump has unleashed oil and gas development by expanding access to resources and the infrastructure needed to get them to market.

• The Trump Administration has approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, which will create an estimated 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in economic benefits.

• The Administration has expedited new pipeline approval and production, including the New Burgos Pipeline, which will export U.S. gasoline to Mexico.

• The Department of the Interior is boosting responsible oil and gas development on Federal lands.

• President Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).

• According to NERA Economic Consulting, the CPP would have increased electricity rates by as much as 14 percent, costing American households up to $79 billion.

• The EPA is reconsidering an onerous Obama-era rule on methane emissions that would cost American energy developers an estimated $530 million annually.

PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE HOMELAND:

President Trump is enforcing our immigration laws, protecting American communities and American jobs.

• President Trump has laid out his principles for reforming our immigration system to serve hard-working Americans instead of harming them. In particular, President Trump has called on Congress to fund a wall along the Southern border, close legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration, end Chain Migration, and eliminate the Visa Lottery program.

• President Trump pulled the United States out of negotiations for a “Global Compact on Migration,” a plan for global governance of immigration and refugee policy that would have had far-reaching implications for U.S. sovereignty.

• Under President Trump’s leadership, the Department of Homeland Security took action to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in an orderly fashion, following the assessment of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that DACA lacks legal authorization.

• This action gives Congress the opportunity to consider appropriate legislative solutions, as required by our Constitution.

• President Trump’s Administration rescinded the unlawful Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program.

• In keeping with President Trump’s campaign promise, the Department of Homeland Security launched the office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE).

• From President Trump’s inauguration through the end of FY 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made 110,568 arrests of illegal aliens, a 40 percent increase compared to the same time period the prior year.

• Over the same time period, removals that resulted from arrests increased by 37 percent.

• Of the illegal aliens arrested by ICE, over 92 percent had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges, were ICE fugitives, or were illegal reentrants.

• The number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which gives state and local law enforcement entities delegated authority by ICE to enforce immigration in their jurisdiction, has doubled.

• In FY 2017, 36 percent more criminal gang members were removed by ICE compared to FY 2016.

• President Trump’s Administration is cracking down on sanctuary cities by improving the administration of Federal grants to increase information sharing on illegal aliens.

PROTECTING AMERICA’S COMMUNITIES:

President Trump is protecting American communities and restoring law and order so that every American can feel safe in their community.

• The Department of Justice announced more than $98 million in grant funding to hire 802 additional full-time law enforcement officers.

• President Trump signed an Executive Order to restore state and local law enforcement’s access to surplus Defense Department equipment through the 1033 program, including safety equipment.

• The DOJ has worked with Central American partners to arrest and charge about 4,000 MS-13 members so far this year.

• This includes the alleged leader of MS-13’s “East Coast Program.”

• The Department of Homeland Security arrested 796 MS-13 gang members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the previous year.

• In February, President Trump signed three Executive Orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.

• In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes.

MAKING GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE:

President Trump is following through on his promise to drain the Washington swamp and make the Government accountable.

• President Trump fulfilled his promise to the American people by placing Neil Gorsuch on the United States Supreme Court.

• As of December 14, President Trump has nominated 73 Federal judges.

• Twenty-two judges have been confirmed, including a record-setting 12 circuit judges.

• President Trump implemented higher ethical standards to make sure his Administration works for the American people.

• President Trump signed an Executive Order on lobbying that included a five-year ban on lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries.

• President Trump has donated his salary, following through on his promise to the American people.

• To ensure the Government serves the needs of all Americans, President Trump has called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch and has begun to implement this plan.

• President Trump has commenced a comprehensive overhaul of digitally delivered Government services.

• President Trump has called for “conducting a full audit of the Pentagon.” The Department of Defense (DOD) responded to the President’s call to action and has begun its first full financial statement audit.

• Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has called for business reform in the DOD to instill budget discipline and effective resource management.

COMBATTING OPIOIDS:

President Trump and his Administration are fighting back against drug addiction and opioid abuse.

• President Trump directed the declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioid crisis.

• The President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) recently found that evidence suggests drug overdoses involving opioids are underreported by as much as 24 percent.

• In April, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) laid out a comprehensive five-point strategy to combat the opioid abuse crisis.

• The DOJ announced it was scheduling fentanyl substances as a drug class under the Controlled Substances Act.

• Anyone who possesses, imports, distributes, or manufactures any illicit fentanyl-related substance will be subject to criminal prosecution similar to other controlled substances.

• The DOJ announced its first-ever indictments against two Chinese nationals and their North American-based associates for distributing large quantities of fentanyl and other opiate substances.

• In an opioid fraud crackdown, the DOJ charged more than 400 people, including doctors and medical facilities, for prescribing unnecessary opioids, fueling the drug crisis.

• In 2017, the Administration provided nearly $500 million to States to prevent and treat opioid abuse. The President’s FY 2018 Budget requests another $500 million.

• On National Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Administration collected a record-breaking 912,305 pounds – 456 tons – of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs at more than 5,300 collection sites.

PROTECTING LIFE:

President Trump recognizes the precious gift of life and protects the sanctity of life at all stages.

• During his first week in office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that protects $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the abortion industry.

• President Trump de-funded a U.N. agency for colluding with China’s brutal program of forced abortion and sterilization.

• President Trump worked with the Congress to sign a bill overturning an Obama midnight regulation that prohibited States from defunding abortion service providers.

• The Trump Administration published guidance promising to enforce the Obamacare requirement that taxpayer dollars should not support abortion coverage in exchange plans.

SERVING OUR COUNTRY’S VETERANS:

President Trump is making sure the government fulfills its commitment to our country’s veterans.

• The President signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.

• Under President Trump, the VA has fired 1,298 employees, suspended 425, and demoted 73, as part of President Trump’s efforts to restore accountability.

• President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act after it passed the Senate unanimously in August.

• The legislation streamlines the lengthy process that veterans undergo when appealing disability benefits claims with the VA.

• The President signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, an important step in providing our nation’s heroes the support they have earned.

• This funds the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members, including tuition, fees, books, housing, and additional costs.

• President Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program (VCP).

• Fulfilling President Trump’s promise, the Administration created a new White House VA Hotline staffed by veterans and family members.

• The VA increased transparency and accountability by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data.

• President Trump and VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using telehealth technology:

• “Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care” allows VA providers to use telehealth technology to serve veterans no matter where the provider or veteran is located.

• VA Video Connect allows veterans and providers to connect by video across the country.

• The Veteran Appointment Request (VAR) application allows veterans to schedule appointments at VA facilities on digital devices.

PROMOTING PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH:

President Trump is rebuilding our military, defeating terrorist organizations, and confronting rogue nations to protect America and our allies.

• Immediately upon taking office, the President directed the rebuilding of the United States military, a new national defense strategy, a comprehensive nuclear posture review, and fielding state-of-the-art ballistic missile defenses.

• President Trump has worked with the Congress to increase defense spending, fully reverse the defense sequester, expand our military capacity, and modernize its capabilities.

• The President has empowered the Secretary of Defense and our military commanders to make decisions, seize the initiative, and win – without micromanagement from Washington.

• The President directed the revival of the National Space Council to develop and implement a new national space policy and strategy.

• President Trump directed the elevation of the U.S. Cyber Command into a major warfighting command, to advance U.S. efforts in cyberspace.

• President Trump reasserted American sovereignty over our borders by announcing our withdrawal from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration.

• President Trump restricted travel from certain countries that do not have sufficient security or share enough information.

• Under President Trump’s leadership, ISIS has lost nearly all of its territory and its most important cities and towns in Iraq and Syria, including Mosul and ISIS’s declared capital in Raqqa.

• President Trump has taken strong action to end North Korea’s aggressive actions and its continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

• With U.S. leadership, the United Nations Security Council unanimously sanctioned North Korea for its continued rogue actions.

• The Trump Administration sanctioned Chinese financial institutions aiding the North Korean regime.

• President Trump signed an Executive Order sanctioning North Korean trade and financing, signaling to the world that they have to make a choice: deal with the United States or the rogue regime in North Korea.

• President Trump announced a new Afghanistan strategy that strengthens our support for Afghan security forces, delegates authority to military leaders, and demonstrates our resolve to defeat terrorism.

• In reaction to the new U.S. South Asia strategy, NATO allies and partners increased troop contributions to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

• President Trump approved a new Iran strategy focused on neutralizing Iran’s regional destabilizing influence, sanctioning Iran’s ballistic missile program, and decertifying Iran’s compliance with the multilateral nuclear deal.

• President Trump ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airbase after the Assad regime used it to launch chemical weapons attacks against civilians.

• President Trump prevented further chemical weapons attacks by announcing detection of their preparation and warning Syria that they would be struck again if the attacks were carried out.

• President Trump imposed new sanctions on the Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela, targeting the regime itself, and not just individuals, for the first time.

• The new financial sanctions prohibit dealings in new Venezuelan debt and its corrupt oil company. The regime will no longer be able finance its debt using U.S. banks.

RESTORING CONFIDENCE IN AND RESPECT FOR AMERICA:

President Trump has used an America First foreign policy to restore respect for the United States throughout the world and to advance our interests.

• President Trump has worked to release American citizens held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.

• Three student athletes from the University of California, Los Angeles, were released from China after President Trump’s personal intervention.

• An American, a Canadian, and their three children were released from Taliban custody after United States Government and Pakistani forces secured their release.

• The Trump Administration secured Otto Warmbier’s release from North Korea.

• Sandy Phan-Gill was released from Chinese detention after President Trump and his Administration intervened.

• Aya Hijazi was released from an Egyptian prison and welcomed to the White House by President Trump.

• President Trump followed through on his campaign promise and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

• President Trump conducted a historic 12 day tour through Asia including visits to five countries and attending three regional summits to promote America’s interests.

• South Korea and Japan both pledged to build closer defense relations with the United States, and the President underscored the U.S. commitment to providing advanced military equipment.

• President Trump boosted cooperation between the Quad countries (the United States, Japan, India, and Australia) on the sidelines of ASEAN in Manila.

• President Trump reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to promote prosperity and security in the region, including by modernizing America’s development finance institutions and increasing their coordination with Japanese counterparts.

• President Trump travelled to the Middle East and Europe to solidify relations with our allies in both regions and push for greater commitments and cooperation.

• President Trump visited Mecca, Jerusalem, and Rome, three of the world’s holiest places.

• While in Saudi Arabia, President Trump pushed for a coalition of nations to confront Iran and attended the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.

• At the May 2017 NATO Leaders’ meeting, President Trump persuaded our allies to agree to develop national plans to boost defense spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2024, and for NATO to formally join the defeat-ISIS coalition.

• President Trump visited Poland and a meeting of the G-20, where he pushed for closer cooperation and American First policies.

• With G-20 partners and the World Bank, the United States championed the establishment of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (WeFi), which could leverage in excess of $1 billion in financing to support women entrepreneurs.

President Trump Announces His “America First” National Security Strategy

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values”.

-President Donald J. Trump

From The Office of The White House

A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA:

Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is unveiling a new National Security Strategy that sets a positive strategic direction for the United States that will restore America’s advantages in the world and build upon our country’s great strengths.

• The 2017 National Security Strategy (Strategy) builds on the 11 months of Presidential action to restore respect for the United States abroad and renew American confidence at home.

• Strategic confidence enables the United States to protect its vital national interests. The Strategy identifies four vital national interests, or “four pillars” as:

I. Protect the homeland, the American people, and American way of life;

II. Promote American prosperity;

III. Preserve peace through strength;

IV. Advance American influence.

• The Strategy addresses key challenges and trends that affect our standing in the world, including:

• Revisionist powers, such as China and Russia, that use technology, propaganda, and coercion to shape a world antithetical to our interests and values;

• Regional dictators that spread terror, threaten their neighbors, and pursue weapons of mass destruction;

• Jihadist terrorists that foment hatred to incite violence against innocents in the name of a wicked ideology, and transnational criminal organizations that spill drugs and violence into our communities.

• The Strategy articulates and advances the President’s concept of principled realism.

• It is realist because it acknowledges the central role of power in international politics, affirms that strong and sovereign states are the best hope for a peaceful world, and clearly defines our national interests.

• It is principled because it is grounded in advancing American principles, which spreads peace and prosperity around the globe.

I. PROTECT THE HOMELAND:

President Trump’s fundamental responsibility is to protect the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life.

• We will strengthen control of our borders and reform our immigration system to protect the homeland and restore our sovereignty.

• The greatest transnational threats to the homeland are:

• Jihadist terrorists, using barbaric cruelty to commit murder, repression, and slavery, and virtual networks to exploit vulnerable populations and inspire and direct plots.

• Transnational criminal organizations, tearing apart our communities with drugs and violence and weakening our allies and partners by corrupting democratic institutions.

• America will target threats at their source: we will confront threats before they ever reach our borders or cause harm to our people.

• We will redouble our efforts to protect our critical infrastructure and digital networks, because new technology and new adversaries create new vulnerabilities.

• We are deploying a layered missile defense system to defend America against missile attacks.

II. PROMOTE AMERICAN PROSPERITY:

A strong economy protects the American people, supports our way of life, and sustains American power.

• We will rejuvenate the American economy for the benefit of American workers and companies, which is necessary to restore our national power.

• America will no longer tolerate chronic trade abuses and will pursue free, fair, and reciprocal economic relationships.

• To succeed in this 21st century geopolitical competition, America must lead in research, technology, and innovation. We will protect our national security innovation base from those who steal our intellectual property and unfairly exploit the innovation of free societies.

• America will use its energy dominance to ensure international markets remain open, and that the benefits of diversification and energy access promote economic and national security.

III. PRESERVE PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH:

An America strengthened, renewed, and rejuvenated will ensure peace and deter hostility.

• We will rebuild America’s military strength to ensure it remains second to none.

• America will use all of the tools of statecraft in a new era of strategic competition—diplomatic, information, military, and economic—to protect our interests.

• America will strengthen its capabilities across numerous domains — including space and cyber — and revitalize capabilities that have been neglected.

• America’s allies and partners magnify our power and protect our shared interests. We expect them to take greater responsibility for addressing common threats.

• We will ensure the balance of power remains in America’s favor in key regions of the world: the Indo-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

IV. ADVANCE AMERICAN INFLUENCE:

As a force for good throughout its history, America will use its influence to advance our interests and benefit humanity.

• We must continue to enhance our influence overseas to protect the American people and promote our prosperity.

• America’s diplomatic and development efforts will compete to achieve better outcomes in all arenas—bilateral, multilateral, and in the information realm—to protect our interests, find new economic opportunities for Americans, and challenge our competitors.

• America will seek partnerships with like-minded states to promote free market economies, private sector growth, political stability, and peace.

• We champion our values – including the rule of law and individual rights – that promote strong, stable, prosperous, and sovereign states.

• Our America First foreign policy celebrates America’s influence in the world as a positive force that can help set the conditions for peace, prosperity, and the development of successful societies.

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Week #43 Recap of President Trumps accomplishments

11.18.17

From The Office of The White House

AMERICA IS BACK

During his historic trip to Asia, President Trump demonstrated his strength and leadership on the world stage once again. In his meetings with world leaders, the President fought for fair and reciprocal trade agreements, working to end years of imbalanced trade that has left too many Americans behind. The President also secured new business deals with sales by American companies totaling at least $300 billion that will produce new jobs for American workers. As he reported on the success of his trip, including making progress to advance peace and prosperity in Asia, the President said it best: “America is back!”

BIG WIN ON TAX REFORM

The President secured a big victory for working men and women on Thursday, when the House passed his historic tax reform plan. This plan will make our economy competitive again, creating millions of jobs and providing a pay raise to middle class families. Now it’s the Senate’s turn. We look forward to seeing Senate Republicans work closely with the administration to uphold President Trump’s promise to deliver the biggest tax cut in American history as soon as possible. Call your Senators today and tell them to VOTE YES on President Trump’s tax reform plan.

HONORING OUR VETERANS

Honoring our Veterans has been a top priority for President Trump since he first took office, which he demonstrated again last week when he signed a proclamation honoring the veterans of the Vietnam War. The President has set a new standard for the support we provide veterans who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms. These include major reforms at the Veterans Administration, securing almost $4 billion in new funding, new veterans employment programs, Pets for Vets, and more. Veterans can be sure that the President will not rest until his reforms and policies to support our military heroes are fully implemented under his leadership.

JUST GETTING STARTED

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been one year since the historic election of Donald Trump as President. In that time, the President has already produced great results through his leadership. For instance, the American economy is already soaring with nearly 1.5 million new jobs created, consumer and business confidence at their highest levels in 15 years, and the economy expanding by 3% for two quarters in a row. This has already been a year of great accomplishments, yet we’re just getting started thanks to strong supporters like you working with us to Make America Great Again!

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President Trump negotiates the release of UCLA Basketball players with China

President Trumps diplomacy and negotiating skills are proving the left wrong over his tour of Asia.

College basketball players from UCLA were arrested in China for property theft while the team visited the country for an international tournament. They have now been released and are currently traveling to the United States.

The three players, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were arrested by Chinese authorities for reportedly stealing sunglasses from an upscale store near the team’s hotel, and have been detained by police for more than a week.

They released the players just days after President Trump personally appealed to Chinese leader Xi Jinping to release the athletes.

US authorities confirmed on Tuesday that the issue “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities,” thanking President Trump for resolving “the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China.”

“I had a great conversation with President Xi,” Trump told journalists aboard Air Force One as he returned from his two-week long trip to Asia. “He was terrific, and they’re working on it right now, and hopefully everything is going to work out.”

“What they did was unfortunate,” he added. “You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games.”

Week #42 recap of President Trumps accomplishments 

11.11.17

From The Office of The White House  


STANDING STRONG
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of last Sunday’s horrific, deadly attack, in Sutherland Springs, Texas and their entire community. This heinous act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of sacred worship at the First Baptist Church. Thankfully, a heroic neighbor acted quickly and decisively to chase the attacker away and bring an end to this evil, though so many lives were already lost. In dark times such as these, Americans do what we do best: we pull together. We join hands, lock arms, and through the tears and the sadness, we stand strong. Please join us in praying for the good people of Sutherland, Texas. We will never leave their side.

BRINGING NEW JOBS AND COMPANIES TO AMERICA
The U.S. economy continues to experience worker-friendly growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nonfarm payrolls grew by 261,000 jobs in October while the unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate since the Year 2000. This brings the total of new jobs created to 1.5 million since President Trump took office. Now, more than 80 percent of people polled believe the American dream is within their reach. President Trump was excited to build on this good news with the announcement that Broadcom Limited (Global Chip Maker) is moving its headquarters from Singapore back to the United States. With this commitment, more than $20 billion in annual revenue will come back to American cities, towns, and workers.

COMMITMENT TO THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION
Last Friday, President Trump departed for Asia, on what will be the longest trip to the continent by an American president in more than a quarter century. The President has several major objectives on this trip, including demonstrating our nation’s commitment to Asia, strengthening international resolve to de-nuclearize North Korea, promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific, and advancing American prosperity. This trip will strengthen U.S. alliances and partnerships with visits by the President to Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, and China. President Trump is addressing a wide array of strategic issues with foreign leaders, including a huge announcement of billions of dollars in agreements with China.

WORKING FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS
Over the last decade too many hard-working Americans have struggled to find good-paying jobs, make ends meet, and provide for their families. They are the focus of President Trump’s tax plan. Strengthening and growing the middle class, and keeping more money in peoples’ pockets, is how we will build a stronger America. At the same time, taxpayers deserve a system that is more fair and simple. America’s tax code should be working for, not against, middle-class families. There is still time to contact your representatives and senators to encourage them to support this tax plan!


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WEEK #38 RECAP OF PRESIDENT TRUMPS ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

10.15.17


From The Office of The White House


CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES



Devastating wildfires are still raging across California, taking numerous lives, destroying more than 2,000 homes and businesses, and threatening the health and safety of people across the state. Vice President Pence visited California’s emergency management headquarters where he announced that President Trump ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas impacted by the wildfires. The work of the men and women in the Office of Emergency Services is critical for bringing these fires under control, and saving lives and property throughout California. We want to thank them for their continued hard work and offer our thoughts and prayers to everyone in California.




FAMILIES TO GET A PAY RAISE



On Wednesday, President Trump addressed manufacturers and truckers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, enlisting their support to get his tax reform plan passed in Congress. While there, the President said, “When your trucks are moving, America is growing. (We are) taking historic steps to remove the barriers that slow you down. America First means putting American truckers first.” The President also announced that, under his tax plan, the typical American family will get a $4,000 pay raise. This is yet another reason Congress must get behind the President’s plan to reduce family and business taxes. Congress should never forget exactly why voters sent them to Washington — to get things done and make life better for the American people. Please keep contacting your U.S. Representative and Senators and tell them to support President Trump’s tax reform plan to make the “Middle Class Miracle” a reality this year.




ACHIEVING REAL IMMIGRATION REFORM



The Trump Administration is ready to work with Congress to achieve real immigration reform, and now there is a blueprint for them to follow. The administration just released new principles that reflect the immigration issues President Trump promoted throughout the 2016 campaign: Building a southern border wall, ending sanctuary cities, limiting visa overstays, bolstering our law enforcement personnel with new ICE officers and prosecutors. These measures will secure our communities, protect American workers, and promote financial success to Make America Safe Again and Make America Great Again.




DEREGULATION PRESIDENT



It is estimated that by 2018 there will be fewer pages of federal regulations for the first time in American history. This is because President Trump is already “the most effective deregulatory president in American history,” according to former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. By reducing burdensome regulations, the President has begun to fuel real growth in the U.S economy, with quarterly GDP exceeding 3% for the first time in over two years. Now the EPA has proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan as another step to relieve burdens on American businesses and workers, including the struggling coal industry. The CPP is a federal overreach whose repeal will bring the rule of law back to the EPA, creating new jobs in the energy sector and reducing energy costs for consumers. This is great news for American workers throughout the economy.

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