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Press Releases: Remarks at the Office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

5:12 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Prime Minister's Office Baghdad, Iraq October 23, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister, for receiving me in Baghdad. It is truly a pleasure to be here to have this opportunity to visit with a very important partner in the fight to defeat ISIS, to defeat Daesh. And we congratulate Iraq under your leadershipread more »

Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence Commemorating the 34th Anniversary of the 1983 Bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon

4:46 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Marine Barracks Washington, D.C 11:22 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Rabbi Resnicoff, Secretary Shulkin, Acting Secretary Duke, General McMaster, General Walters, Colonel Zagurski, Lieutenant Colonel Gerlach, Ambassador Araud, Chargé Jazzar, and to all the members of the United States Marine Corps, all of our armed forces, our honored veterans, and the family members of our beloved fallen: It is deeply humbling for me to join you today to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the Beirut Marine barracks bombing. is no more fitting place in our nation’s capital to mark this solemn day than here, at the oldest post of the United States Marine Corps, the Marine Barracks of Washington, D.C. And, Colonel, we are grateful for your leadership and for the hospitality of all these Marines. This facility is an enduring testament to the fortitude and valor of America’s Marines. It has stood here for morread more »

Remarks by President Trump at Presentation of Medal of Honor to Captain Gary Michael Rose, United States Army

4:41 pm Eastern | U.S. News

East Room 3:27 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, Chaplain Hurley.  Vice President Pence, Secretary Shulkin, members of Congress, members of the Armed Forces, and distinguished guests, please join me in welcoming Captain Gary Michael Rose to the White House.  (Applause.)  For many years, the story of Mike’s heroism has gone untold.  But today we gather to tell the world of his valor and proudly present him with our nation’s highest military honor.  Joining Mike today is his wife, Margaret, their three children, Sarah, Claire, and Michael, and their two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Christian.  Kaitlyn and Christian, I want you to know that the medal that we will present today will forever enshrine your grandfather -- and he is a good man.  We just spoke to him for a long time, and you are great, great young people.  But this will enshrine him into the history of read more »

Two Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate Today

4:39 pm Eastern | Weather

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:        Kenneth J. Braithwaite, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador    Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to    the Kingdom of Norway.        Christopher Caldwell, of Arkansas, to be Federal Cochairperson,    Delta Regional Authority, vice Christopher A. Masingill. WITHDRAWAL SENT TO THE SENATE:        Tom Marino, of Pennsylvania, to be Director of National Drug    Control Policy, vice Michael A. Botticelli, resigned, which was sent    to the Senate on September 5, 2017.   read more »

Text of a Letter from the President to the Congress of the United States

3:39 pm Eastern | World

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:      Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days of the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to the situation in, or in relation to, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, declared in Executive Order 13413 of October 27, 2006, is to continue in effect beyond October 27, 2017.      The situation in, or in relation to, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been marked by widespread violence and atrocities that continue to threaten regional read more »

Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

3:37 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

NOTICE - - - - - - - CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO On October 27, 2006, by Executive Order 13413, the President declared a national emergency with respect to the situation in, or in relation to, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), ordered related measures blocking the property of certain persons contributing to the conflict in that country.  The President took this action to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in, or in relation to, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been marked by widespread violence and atrocities and continues to threaten regional stability.  The President took additional steps to address this national emergenread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Lee of Singapore in Joint Statements

3:22 pm Eastern | Weather

Rose Garden 1:51 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Please sit.  I'm honored to welcome Prime Minister Lee of Singapore to the White House today.  Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. PRIME MINISTER LEE:  Thank you, Mr. President. PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I want to thank you for visiting us, and your entire group of very, very talented people that we're dealing with.  Our friendship has never been stronger than it is right now.   Singapore is one of our closest strategic partners in Asia.  The United States is proud of the deep and enduring partnership we have built since Singapore gained its independence more than half-a-century ago.  Singapore’s rapid development from a poor island nation to an economic powerhouse, under the leadership of the Prime Minister’s great father -- he was a great man; he really was a great man -- has bread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore Before Working Luncheon

2:31 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Cabinet Room 12:51 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It's a great honor to have Prime Minister Lee of Singapore with us and his representatives at the highest level. We've just signed an order with Boeing for almost $14 billion worth of airplanes. We do a lot of business with Singapore. The relationship now is at its highest point and it will continue. It will continue. So, Mr. Prime Minister, thank you very much. It's an honor to have you in the White House. PRIME MINISTER LEE: Well, thank you very much for inviting me and my delegation. We have a very good relationship with the United States, and we hope to take it forward further. PRESIDENT TRUMP : Thank you. PRIME MINISTER LEE: And I'm very happy at the deal between SIA and Boeing. SIA is not a bad airline -- (laughter) -- and they try their best to buy the best airplanes, and I'm quite sure thread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore Before Bilateral Meeting

2:01 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Cabinet Room 12:51 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It's a great honor to have Prime Minister Lee of Singapore with us and his representatives at the highest level. We've just signed an order with Boeing for almost $14 billion worth of airplanes. We do a lot of business with Singapore. The relationship now is at its highest point and it will continue. It will continue. So, Mr. Prime Minister, thank you very much. It's an honor to have you in the White House. PRIME MINISTER LEE: Well, thank you very much for inviting me and my delegation. We have a very good relationship with the United States, and we hope to take it forward further. PRESIDENT TRUMP : Thank you. PRIME MINISTER LEE: And I'm very happy at the deal between SIA and Boeing. SIA is not a bad airline -- (laughter) -- and they try their best to buy the best airplanes, and I'm quite sure thread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump's Call with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

1:14 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to congratulate him on his recent electoral victory. The two leaders underscored the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and a strong United States-Japan alliance. President Trump reaffirmed his desire to continue working closely with Prime Minister Abe, and said he looks forward to visiting Japan in early November. read more »

Press Releases: Press Availability at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

11:34 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan October 23, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, I want to start by thanking President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah and the Afghanistan leadership for meeting with me this morning. I thought it was very important to stop here in Afghanistan coming to the South Asia region as part of the recently announced South Asia policy and strategy that President Trump hread more »

First Lady Melania Trump to Kick Off the “Week of Inclusion” at Michigan Middle School

10:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

First Lady Melania Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will visit Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield, Michigan to kick off the “Week of Inclusion,” part of National Bullying Prevention Month. During her visit, Mrs. Trump will spend time in the school’s Viking Huddle Class, a 6th grade classroom that focuses on social emotional learning. The First Lady and Mrs. DeVos will observe and participate in lessons about respecting others, kindness, and inclusion. In addition to classroom participation, Mrs. Trump will visit with 7th and 8th grade students in the school's cafeteria in an effort to bring awareness to “No One Eats Alone,” a concept that seeks to reverse the trends of social isolation by asking students to engage in simple acts of kindness - such as making sure that no one is eating alone and students are making an effort to eat with new classmates and peers. “As part of my ongoing commitment to theread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani

22 Oct 20:13 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Doha, Qatar October 22, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER AL-THANI: (Via interpreter) I am pleased to welcome His Excellency, my colleague, the Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson, during his visit in Doha. Meetings were held between His Excellency the Secretary of State and His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, the emir of Qatar, as a bilateral meeting between us. During the meeting, His Highness – Hisread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Prime Minister-Designate Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand

22 Oct 18:20 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister-Designate Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand to congratulate her on her recent election as prime minister.  The two leaders underscored the importance of the bilateral partnership between the United States and New Zealand and pledged to continue close cooperation on the many priorities the two countries share. read more »

Press Releases: Ongoing U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Rakhine State Crisis, Burma

22 Oct 16:21 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 22, 2017 The U.S. government has provided nearly $40 million in life-saving emergency assistance in direct response to the Rakhine State crisis since August 25. This brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance in FY 2017 to displaced Burmese in Burma and the region to nearly $104 million. U.S. assistance goes to our international organization partners on the ground, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), theread more »

President Donald J. Trump: “With tax reform we can make it morning in America again”

22 Oct 13:24 | US Politics and Govt

“The optimism has returned — the sun is once again rising over America. But our economy cannot take off like it should unless we transform our outdated, complex and burdensome tax code, and that is exactly what we are proposing to do. Revising our tax code is not just a policy discussion — it is a moral one, because we are not talking about the government's money – we are talking about your money, your hard work.” With tax reform we can make it morning in America again By President Donald J. Trump USA Today October 22, 2017 Today is the anniversary of former president Ronald Reagan signing into law the Tax Reform Act of 1986. The act was the second major law he signed to reform the tax code for the American people. Republicans and Democrats came together to cut taxes for hardworking families in 1981, and again in 1986 to simplify the tax code, so that everyone coulread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

22 Oct 11:55 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 22, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER AL-JUBEIR: (In Arabic.) SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you very much, Foreign Minister Jubeir, and as I commented earlier today, this is my third visit now to Riyadh this year as Secretary of State. It’s clearly an indication of the importance of the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Sread more »

Press Releases: Remarks at the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Inaugural Coordination Council Meeting

22 Oct 10:23 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 22, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Your Majesty, Prime Minister, Excellencies, and delegation members, it is indeed a pleasure to return to Riyadh, particularly for this endeavor. I thank His Majesty King Salman for his hospitality and for hosting us today for this important event. I am grateful to both His Majesty and Prime Minister Abadi, for indeed it is a joy and an honoread more »

Press Releases: Remarks to the Staff and Families of U.S. Embassy Riyadh

22 Oct 07:53 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 22, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: It’s great to be in Riyadh and great to be here with you. And as you know, this is the third time back to Riyadh now for me already in the short time that I’ve been serving in this position. Of course, traveled to Riyadh many times in my prior life, so Saudi Arabia is a place that’s quite familiar to me. I have many, many read more »

Press Releases: Terrorist Attack Against Egyptian Security Forces

21 Oct 11:01 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 21, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack against Egyptian security forces near the Bahariya Oasis yesterday, which killed dozens of Egyptian personnel and wounded many others. We offer our profound condolences to the families of the deceased and the government and people of Egypt, and extend our best wishes for the full and speedy recovery of those injured.read more »

Press Releases: Situation Near Kirkuk, Iraq

20 Oct 17:31 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2017 The United States is concerned by reports of violent clashes around the town of Altun Kupri in northern Iraq. We are monitoring the situation closely, and call on all parties to cease all violence and provocative movements, and to coordinate their activities to restore calm. In order to avoid any misunderstandings or further clashes, we urge the central governmeread more »

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Presidential Delegation for the Royal Thai King’s Funeral

20 Oct 17:30 | Weather

President Donald J. Trump will send a Presidential Delegation to Bangkok, Thailand to attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26, 2017. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will lead the delegation as the President’s Special Envoy, joined by United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand Glyn Davies. President Trump extends his profound condolences on behalf of the American people for the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was a champion of the Thai people and the United States-Thailand alliance. His innovative work, diplomacy, and 70 years of selfless service will ensure that his legacy will live on for many generations to come. read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

20 Oct 17:14 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:18 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Good afternoon. Q Good afternoon. MS. SANDERS: It's Friday. Come on, guys. Q Happy Friday. MS. SANDERS: Don't let Brian Karem show you up. I know that there is more spirit out there. (Laughter.) As many of you saw last night, the Senate adopted a budget resolution. This is another important milestone for tax reform, and sets the stage for us to pass major tax cuts that will deliver more jobs and higher wages for hardworking Americans all over the country. Many of you have seen today that the First Lady donated the gown she wore to the Inaugural balls to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. In her speech, she mentioned that leading up to Inauguration Day, everyone was so busy getting ready that the dress's designer ended up only having two weeks to work on the First Lady's read more »

Press Releases: Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

20 Oct 16:35 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the October 20 terrorist attacks in Kabul and Ghor, as well as the other attacks carried out across the country this week. We commend the Government and security forces of Afghanistan for their response to these attacks, and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed. In the face of tread more »

Press Releases: U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program

20 Oct 15:38 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 13, 2017 The United States and China welcome three new EcoPartnerships for 2017. Over the past nine years, the State Department-sponsored Ecopartnerships program has facilitated 42 partnerships among experts and innovators from U.S. and Chinese cities, companies, universities, and NGOs. Those partnerships have produced tangible results in addressing the challenges facing the energy and environmental technology sectors. The threread more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow Travels to Israel, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq

20 Oct 14:34 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow will travel to Israel, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq October 22-November 1,  for discussions on a variety of international security issues. In Israel, Acting Assistant Secretary Kaidanow will meet with senior officials to discuss a wide range of political-military issues, including regional strategic priorities, defense trade, and military-tread more »

Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate

20 Oct 14:15 | US Politics and Govt

October 20, 2017 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Pursuant to the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), I report that I have signed an Executive Order amending Executive Order 13223 (Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation), which provided additional authorities to certain executive departments and agencies in furtherance of the national emergency declared in Proclamation 7463 of September 14, 2001 (Declaration of National Emergency by Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks). This amendment makes available to the Secretaries concerned the authorities set forth in section 688 and section 690 of title 10, United States Code. In the case of the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, such authority shall be exercised subject to the direction of the Secretary of Defense. I have enclosed read more »

Statement Regarding Military Justice

20 Oct 14:15 | US Politics and Govt

Military justice is essential to good order and discipline, which is indispensable to maintaining our armed forces as the best in the world. Each military justice case must be resolved on its own facts. The President expects all military personnel who are involved in any way in the military justice process to exercise their independent professional judgment, consistent with applicable laws and regulations. There are no expected or required dispositions, outcomes, or sentences in any military justice case, other than those resulting from the individual facts and merits of a case and the application to the case of the fundamentals of due process of law by officials exercising their independent judgment. read more »

Presidential Executive Order Amending Executive Order 13223

20 Oct 14:10 | U.S. News

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 13223 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and in furtherance of the objectives of Proclamation 7463 of September 14, 2001 (Declaration of National Emergency by Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks), which declared a national emergency by reason of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York and Pennsylvania and against the Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States, and in order to provide the Secretary of Defense additional authority to manage personnel requirements in a manner consistent with the authorization provided in Executive Order 13223 of September 14, 2001 (Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegatinread more »

Remarks by President Trump and United Nations Secretary-General Guterres in Meeting

20 Oct 14:01 | US Politics and Govt

Oval Office 12:25 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. It's great to have the Secretary-General with us. We've become friends. Even before I was doing what I'm doing right now, we were friends; we knew each other. You have done a very, very spectacular job at the United Nations. And I can tell you, speaking for the United States, we appreciate it. And I know you're working with our ambassador. Nikki is in a very, very unique class. She is -- we're very proud of you, and we want to thank you for the job you're doing. But it's an honor to have you, and thank you very much for being here. A lot to discuss. SECRETARY-GENERAL GUTERRES: Thank you very much, Mr. President. I must say that I'm extremely grateful, first of all, for the support that you have given us in relation to our reform process, coming to the General Assembly. I am a true belread more »

First Lady Melania Trump Donates Inaugural Couture Piece to the First Ladies Collection at the National Museum of American History

20 Oct 10:51 | US Politics and Govt

First Lady Melania Trump today donated the couture piece that she wore to the 2017 inaugural balls to the First Ladies Collection at the National Museum of American History. The dress was added to the exhibition featuring 26 dresses worn by former first ladies. The couture piece, which was designed by Herve Pierre in collaboration with Mrs. Trump, is a vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt, accent from neckline to hem, and claret ribbon around the waist. First Lady Melania Trump stated: “Today is such an honor as I dedicate my inaugural couture piece to the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History. In addition to celebrating fashion, which is something I have loved since I was a small child, there is no better way to memorialize such a special evening, and new chapter in the life of our family.” “It was an honor to work collaboratively with First Lady Melania Trump to design the couture piece that sread more »

Press Releases: Raqqa's Liberation From ISIS 

20 Oct 10:40 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 20, 2017 We congratulate the Syrian people and the Syrian Democratic Forces, including the Syrian Arab Coalition, on the liberation of Raqqa. The United States is proud to lead the 73-member Global Coalition that supported this effort, which has seen ISIS’s so-called caliphate crumble across Iraq and Syria. Our work is far from over but the liberation of Raqqa is a critical mileread more »

Press Releases: Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan's Travel to Mexico

20 Oct 09:49 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2017 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to address the Mexico Business Forum on October 23. While in Mexico, the Deputy Secretary will meet with U.S. and Mexican business leaders and reaffirm the importance of the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship. The Office of Website Manread more »

Press Releases: Congratulations to New Zealand on Formation of Next Government

20 Oct 08:41 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2017 The United States congratulates New Zealand Labour Party Leader Jacinda Ardern as she forms the next coalition government in New Zealand. The U.S.-New Zealand relationship is strong and New Zealand is one of our closest friends and partners. We look forward to working with New Zealand’s new government and continuing to cooperate on our shared interests in read more »

Statement Regarding Senate Passage of its Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution

19 Oct 22:39 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump applauds the Senate for passing its FY 2018 Budget Resolution today and taking an important step in advancing the Administration’s pro-growth and pro-jobs legislative agenda. This resolution creates a pathway to unleash the potential of the American economy through tax reform and tax cuts, simplifying the overcomplicated tax code, providing financial relief for families across the country, and making American businesses globally competitive. President Trump looks forward to final enactment of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution so we can bring jobs back to our country. read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Leonard Wolfson to the Department of Housing and Urban Development

19 Oct 18:02 | Weather

If confirmed, Leonard Wolfson of Connecticut will serve as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Wolfson has served as Associate Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association, where he helped the real estate finance industry recover from the financial crisis by advocating for a return to safe and sustainable lending. He previously served at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, during the George W. Bush administration. During that time, he led HUD’s successful legislative efforts to modernize the Federal Housing Administration as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. Mr. Wolfson’s career began in 1996 on the staff of his hometown congressional representative, Christopher Shays. He earned a B.A. in history and political science from the University of Connecticut.   read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Chief of Staff General John Kelly

19 Oct 17:10 | Weather

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:01 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Catch you off guard when we're on time. Good afternoon. As you all saw, earlier today the President met with the Governor of Puerto Rico this morning to discuss the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts. The administration is working tirelessly to help our fellow citizens recover and rebuild, and we will stand with them throughout this process. It's been a while since I've had the opportunity to share a letter to the President from the podium, and I have one today that I think you'll all enjoy. This one is from Mackenzie of Dalton, Georgia. Mackenzie is seven years old and is in the second grade. And she wrote: "Dear President Trump, I'm writing to tell you how much I appreciate all you're doing. I think you're an awesome President. In fact, I voted for you in my school election. My mom is bringing me tread more »

Press Releases: Venezuela: Illegitimate Parallel Institutions

19 Oct 16:47 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 19, 2017 The United States condemns the Venezuelan government’s latest anti-democratic action: requiring newly elected governors to submit to the illegitimate Constituent Assembly to be sworn into office. The use of this illegitimate, parallel institution to take over the country’s constitutional authorities is alarming. This maneuver, on the heels of the October 15, frread more »

Press Releases: Cool Cats: Celebrating Snow Leopard Conservation

19 Oct 16:40 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 19, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will showcase U.S. government efforts to conserve snow leopards at an event at the U.S. Department of State on October 19. The event will celebrate the successful completion of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Wildlife Fund project on Conservation and Adaptation in Asia&rsqread more »

ICYMI: What People are Saying About the Second Lady's Initiative

19 Oct 15:46 | US Politics and Govt

What People Are Saying About Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART “As an art therapist for over 50 years, my belief in its healing power has actually deepened over time. In a world where trauma is ubiquitous and trust is often fragile, art therapy offers a powerful way to help those who suffer to express in images what cannot be said in words. I am grateful to Mrs. Pence for recognizing the uniquely restorative potential of the discipline to which I have devoted my professional life. If its availability were expanded, many more people in pain could be helped by competent art therapists, who grasp both the vulnerability and the resiliency of the human spirit.”  –Dr. Judy Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC   “Art therapy is a regulated mental health profession that enables people to express themselves through the creative process, especially when words fail them,” said Donna Betts, President of the Americaread more »

Press Releases: Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India, and Switzerland

19 Oct 10:34 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 19, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Riyadh, Doha, Islamabad, New Delhi, and Geneva October 20-27. In Riyadh, Secretary Tillerson will take part in the inaugural Coordination Council meeting between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The Secretary will also meet with various Saudi leaders to discuss the conflict in Yemen, the ongoing Gulf read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

19 Oct 10:26 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Kenneth Braithwaite to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway Kenneth J. Braithwaite of Pennsylvania to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Norway. Mr. Braithwaite, a distinguished 27-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve, currently serves as Group Senior Vice President for Vizient, a healthcare strategy and performance improvement company. He completed his military service in 2011 as the Navy’s Vice Chief of Information. Immediately prior, he served as Commanding Officer, Joint Public Affairs Expeditionary Support Element (Reserve), Joint Forces Command. In that role, he deployed to Pakistan as the overall Director of Strategic Communications supporting work of the American Embassy. Earlier, Mr. Braithwaite served as Commanding Officer, Navy Combat Camera deployed in combat operations to Iraq. He alread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

19 Oct 10:26 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Kenneth Braithwaite to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway Kenneth J. Braithwaite of Pennsylvania to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Norway. Mr. Braithwaite, a distinguished 27-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve, currently serves as Group Senior Vice President for Vizient, a healthcare strategy and performance improvement company. He completed his military service in 2011 as the Navy’s Vice Chief of Information. Immediately prior, he served as Commanding Officer, Joint Public Affairs Expeditionary Support Element (Reserve), Joint Forces Command. In that role, he deployed to Pakistan as the overall Director of Strategic Communications supporting work of the American Embassy. Earlier, Mr. Braithwaite served as Commanding Officer, Navy Combat Camera deployed in combat operations to Iraq. He also served as Execread more »

Readout Of President Donald J. Trump’s Call With President Mauricio Macri Of Argentina

18 Oct 17:09 | Weather

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina. The two leaders underscored their continued commitment to expanding trade and investment between the United States and Argentina. President Trump praised President Macri’s economic reform efforts. They also discussed the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and agreed to continue to work together to help the people of Venezuela restore democracy in their country. read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

18 Oct 16:36 | Weather

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:49 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Good Afternoon. I know it's been a few days since I've been up here. I'm sure that you have all missed me as much as I've missed you. As many of you will recall, one of President Trump's core campaign promises was to defeat ISIS. With the stunning fall of Mosul in June, and now with ISIS nearly eradicated from Raqqa, it is clear that ISIS's so-called caliphate is crumbling across Iraq and Syria. This eminent victory by the global coalition and our brave servicemembers comes at a high cost, particularly to the Syrian Democratic Forces who suffered many casualties as they fought to liberate their own country from the oppression of ISIS. of caring for the urgent humanitarian needs of Raqqa's residents, ISIS utilized the money it stockpiled to finance terrorist attacks across the world, including against many Muslread more »

President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 178, S. 652, and H.R. 1117 into Law

18 Oct 16:25 | US Politics and Govt

On Wednesday October 18, 2017, the President signed into law: S. 178, the “Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act,” which establishes certain requirements for the Department of Justice with respect to investigating and prosecuting elder abuse crimes; and amends Federal criminal law to expand telemarketing fraud to include “email marketing” fraud; S. 652, the "Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017," which reauthorizes and modifies two Department of Health and Human Services programs for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment regarding deaf and hard-of-hearing newborns, infants, and young children; and H.R. 1117, which requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report to the Congress on plans to improve the administration of disaster assistance during the response to an emergency or disaster. read more »

Second Lady Karen Pence Announces Plans for Her Initiative, Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART

18 Oct 16:01 | US Politics and Govt

Washington, DC--Today, Second Lady Karen Pence announced the goals she wants to accomplish through her art therapy initiative, on the campus of Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, home to a nationally acclaimed art therapy graduate education program. Mrs. Pence has named her initiative, Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART.    Ann Scott, First Lady of Florida, joined Mrs. Pence for the announcement along with John Thrasher, FSU President; Dr. Donna Betts, President of the American Art Therapy Association; Dr. Sara M. Kass, Retired Navy Captain, and Senior Military and Medical Advisor to Creative Forces: The NEA/Military Healing Arts Network; and Dr. Dave Gussak, Chair of FSU’s Department of Art Education, which houses FSU’s Art Therapy program. In early May, Mrs. Pence held a brainstorming session at the White House with a group of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences with art therapy, including art therapy practitioners,read more »

Press Releases: U.S. and Israeli Officials Continue Economic Cooperation and Agree to Further Deepen Relations

18 Oct 14:30 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 18, 2017 On October 16, U.S. and Israeli officials convened for the 32nd session of the U.S. - Israel Joint Economic Development Group (JEDG), the annual economic policy dialogue between the two countries. Both sides acknowledged significant progress in the bilateral economic relationship over the past three decades and pledged to continue expanding and deepening policy coordination and cooperation across a broad range of sectors. read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with the Senate Finance Committee

18 Oct 13:49 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump had a productive meeting at the White House today with the bipartisan group of Senators from the Senate Finance Committee. The group discussed the historic nature of tax cuts and reform, and stressed the urgent need to deliver tax relief for the middle class by cutting taxes and simplifying the burdensome tax code. The Administration looks forward to continued opportunities to reach across the aisle in an effort to provide tangible quality of life improvements for the American people read more »

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with the Senate Finance Committee

18 Oct 12:44 | US Politics and Govt

Cabinet Room 11:34 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I'm honored to welcome Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee to the White House. And especially, I'd like to thank Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch -- thank you, Orrin -- and Ranking Member Ron Wyden for joining us today. Thank you very much. Thank you, Ron. We're here to discuss our plan to deliver historic tax cuts for American families, businesses, workers. It will be the largest tax cut in the history of our country. Here's some of the highlights from our framework. We are doubling the amount of income that is taxed at the zero bracket. In other words, the zero bracket -- many people will be able to take advantage of that bracket that are not in that bracket. We're increasing the child tax credit. We will end the estate tax, sometimes referred to as the death tax. We will cut thread more »

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